Decontie & Brown: bracelet, hand crafted from red brass, and layered with etched birch bark. The layers are held together securely with copper rivets.
Birch bark has been used by eastern Woodlands Indians for centuries, if not millenia, for many utilitarian purposes, including trays, baskets, containers, and canoes. Decontie & Brown have incorporated this traditional material in a distinctive way: as a decorative element within a bracelet. The dark bark is adorned with hatched lines.
The curvilinear shapes are reminiscent of the Wabanaki double curve design, present among many forms of two dimensional art. This is another traditional element used by the Decontie and Brown team.
The outside of the brass has a rippled surface, as does the inside of the bracelet. This texture is more easily visible on the inside in the photos. The ripples help bring to life the high polish of the brass.
Bracelet has an inside diameter of 6 1/2 inches, including an opening of 1″
Decontie & Brown (Donna and Jason Brown) in Penobscot regalia
Decontie & Brown is a jewelry studio that caters to the collector who appreciates the luxurious experience of handcrafted jewelry. Each of our unique items is created from raw materials, one at a time, in our Bangor, Maine jewelry studio. We are honored to present beautiful trend setting designs rooted in the time honored traditions of handcrafted elegance.
Jason and Donna Brown, who have been creating jewelry for the past 20 years, are the driving force behind Decontie & Brown. This husband and wife team, who first met at Donna’s 5th birthday party, draws inspiration from their Penobscot tribal heritage and their experience in the luxury jewelry industry to create beautiful trend setting designs with a Native American infusion.
Decontie & Brown’s jewelry is handcrafted from various metals and semi-precious gemstones and they use various metalsmithing techniques to shape and create unique pieces. They also cut and polish a variety of semi-precious gems and shells such as turquoise, quohog (wampum), deer antler and quartz crystal that they incorporate into their creations.
“Our work is motivated by the desire to bring to life the designs created by our imagination. We find inspiration in nature, and in the intricate beauty of our Wabanaki culture. Historically, Wabanaki people hired local metalsmiths/jewelers to create adornments for them. We feel that as contemporary Wabanaki jewelers, we are breaking new ground and adding to the history and story of our people.” – Decontie & Brown
Jason Brown has an associates degree in fine arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Donna Brown has a masters in social work (MSW). Both are members of the Penobscot Nation, one of the four Wabanaki tribes in Maine.