Butterfly Shell Conch BraceletLarry Smith
The butterfly conch is made with sterling silver using the repoussé technique. This is an ancient method of decorating metals in which parts of the design are raised in relief from the back or the inside of the article using hammers and punches. Carefully selected cowhide leather is used, a product that Larry Smith has used since the brand was founded. An existing Larry Smith bracelet inspires this creation; made with a thinner cut of leather that suits any wrist, a special request by Alan himself—created in collaboration and with inspiration from Native American artists. It is handmade in Japan.
Yoshifumi Hayashida of Silversmith launched the Larry Smith brand in 2009. Inspired by the jewelry that Native Americans took the time and effort to make in the 1880s and 1940s, each piece respects their culture, spirit, and manufacturing attitude. Hayashida also puts Japanese techniques and sensibilities into his work. He uses motifs from the natural world or natural stones such as turquoise to create unique jewelry about comfort. Its sophisticated design and delicate stamp work is characteristic of the Larry Smith design.