This broad Hopi Bracelet with Waterwave and Road Runner symbols was made by the hand of Silversmith Charles Wadsworth.
The Hopi technique of Overlay involves two layers of Sterling Silver, one to lay the foundation and the other to carve the intricate design into. The overlay technique is a painstaking and demanding skill which has been at the forefront of Hopi trade for generations.
Wadsworth demonstrates masterful command in this piece, which features numerous symbols each with a high level of detail as well as an immaculate finish. Wadsworth considers his design to communicate a meaning and message to the artwork. In Native American beliefs, the water waves design represents continuous life. In Native American history, the roadrunners are believed to lead away the evil spirits. They are a symbol of courage, strength, and endurance and the feathers of the roadrunners are tied to horses' tails to lead the evil spirits away.
This Bracelet, therefore, references both beliefs and history- our two crucial influencers. The Bracelet could be said to serve as a protector; The Waterwaves for constancy and health and the Roadrunners for happiness and steadfastness. Wear this Bracelet and embody and radiate these qualities.