Well-respected by his peers and those who enjoy his work, Lee prefers to keep a low profile, and work on his finely executed pieces. He especially favors creating jewelry that honors the animals associated with life on the Navajo land. Here, he has done so by creating a detailed horned toad pin/pendant with a cluster of stones adorning his back.
Horned toads are particularly close to Navajo hearts, since their creation story records that they were the only animal to escape unscathed from the fiery storms of that time. If a Navajo person manages to capture a horned toad, he holds him close to the heart while reciting a prayer. Horned toads are supposed to convey strong protection and good luck to whomever does this.
This silver fellow is precisely formed, with amazingly detailed, overlapping stamping that replicates his scales. So, the head, tail and legs are creatively realistic. His body is decorated with a beautiful array of colorful stones, set within a frame of tiny, polished silver domes. The largest stone is a beautiful pink coral cab, and surrounding it are small ovals of coral (both pink and red), lapis, onyx, spiny oyster shell, malachite, and clear blue Sleeping Beauty turquoise.
You can wear this beauty on a chain around your neck, or pin it to your favorite scarf, jacket, or shirt, and keep it close to your heart! Wherever you wear it, it will stand out!