The King of the Plains never looked so elegant!
This renowned jeweler, painter, teacher, activist, and basketball coach also is linked to American history.
His father was one of the heroic Navajo Code Talkers, who devised a code based on the Navajo language that was never broken by the enemy, in World War II. That led to the American victory in the Pacific.
Here, he has set a wondrously interesting, rare, natural Damele turquoise in glistening sterling silver, elevating the shaggy iconic animal to a sumptuous level.
Damele turquoise comes from a very small mine in Nevada, whose owner passed away. Very little turquoise is being produced today.
Most Damele (also misspelled Damali, Demele, Damale, and Dameli ) sold today comes from older, previously mined stones.
With its variety of green hues and webbed matrix, this stone is unusually eye-catching.
The dark green palette is a beautiful complement to the brightly polished silver in which the stone is set.
A well-cut silver “beard” extends below, the “head”, with a complimentary tapered and stamped shape above.
Along with the gracefully curved and partially textured horns, the silver depicts a very handsome, abstract-but recognizable buffalo head.
Around the rare and beautiful stone, a deeply cut bezel and a second border stamped like a silver rope, add glittering texture and suggest the buffalo’s shaggy pelt.
This pendant is symmetrical and balanced in design, but with a little edge, creative, impeccably fabricated, and with a stunning, uncommon stone.
This celebrated jeweler hits another, artistic home run with this unusual, and fascinating pendant.