Jolene carries on the notable family tradition of carving stone leaves and/or feathers but has forged – literally – her own path.
Her designs are noted for the textured and darkened look of the silverwork even when set with carved stones.
This pin looks resolutely contemporary but actually contains subtle traditional elements.
The curved, textured and notched piece that curls above (or below) the convex round element, represents water. At one end, it is stepped, signifying rain.
Rainfall and water are symbols of wonderful good luck, and blessings.
That rounded near-circle, below this, might refer to the sun, keeping nature in balance.
It sits just above another flat piece of rounded and notched outline.
On the other, smooth, side of the long water element, three tiny gold dots gleam in warm shiny contrast to the silver work. Dots also refer to drops of water, traditionally.
Abstract and contemporary in effect, but with suggestions of age-old meaning, this pin is a brilliant melding of tradition and the present – even, the future.
Jolene’s handsome and distinctive work has been recognized with a multitude of prizes and museum shows – deservedly.