Bernard had long been recognized as a master silversmith and his work is easily recognized by his unique, bold and crisp designs, the
heavy weight silver he used, and the precise matting (texturing) he tooled into the negative areas of his pieces. He developed the design elements he used on his jewelry over the years; they
are symbolic of Hopi beliefs, history, and culture. Bernard was a wonderful story teller and there was nothing more enjoyable and intriguing than listening to him explain the stories behind his
designs. Many examples of his work can be viewed in museums from California to New York and can also be seen in numerous publications.