Shawn Bluejacket, a Shawnee jeweler, was raised in New Zealand, attended university in California, and furthered her studies in Santa Fe, at the Institute for American Indian Arts.
Without a solid tribal history of metalwork jewelry, she creates pieces that reflect her sophisticated background, impressive skill, and enchantingly feminine style.
One of the hallmarks of her beautiful pieces, aside from their exquisite delicacy, is the use of unusual and unexpected stones.
These lovely dangles combine citrine, in the tops, with faceted prehnite stones, below. Tiny pearls connect the two, on silver filaments.
Prehnite is named after a Dutch colonel in South Africa, in the late 170o’s, who presumably discovered the mineral.
The amber citrine cabochons glow like a captured sunset; the prehnite stones are transparent, and barely tinged with pale green.
This transparency marks these stones as rare. As always in Shawn’s work, the silver elements are brushed, and delicate.
The tops are boxed, and the silver wires are not heavier than hair, so the earrings are heaven to wear.
Unusually, for this artist, the earrings actually are a match!
She often prefers to make wittily complementary designs, rather than mirror images. These come as close to identical as she gets.
Dainty, delightful, different, and entirely hand-fabricated, these ravishing earrings will be cherished for the treasures they are.