Mediterranean Coral Bracelet by Verdy Jake
5 1/4" with 1" opening
Verdy Jake learned the art of silversmithing from her grandfather. Her “chei” taught Verdy to create beautiful art forms with the simplest of tools and an eye for age-old design. When her grandfather passed on, along with his tools, he left Verdy a love for jewelry making and art. For Verdy, silversmithing is a way to honor her grandfather and a means of carrying on his legacy. Twenty-seven exceptionally well-matched cabochons of natural, deep, blood-red Mediterranean coral reside in Verdy’s compelling cuff bracelet.
The jewelry created by Navajo silversmith Verdy Jake reflects Southwest jewelry classicism at its best. Showcasing high quality turquoise and coral with substantial silver work, she intuits a perfect balance between precious metal and precious stone.
Verdy was raised in a family of thirteen children. Fortunately her oldest brother became interested in silversmithing and shared his talents with his younger brothers and sisters.
Now residing in Smith Lake, New Mexico, Verdy supports a family of four children with her amazing jewelry skills. Her family benefits from her evolution into a highly skilled contemporary artisan while the rest of us benefit from the beauty she fashions at her jewelry bench.
Barry Simpson shares these thoughts about Verdy's work:
"Old style Navajo jewelry greatly appeals to me. Verdy Jake has the skills to represent the look and feel of antique Indian jewelry as it would appear on the weathered, textured hand or wrist of one of our elderly native friends. Her jewelry looks good and feels right. Verdy has exquisite taste in stones. . . .With silver smithing tools her grandfather used in his youth, Verdy creates jewelry that exemplifies the American Indian Southwest".