Double-Sided Overlaid CrossRoland Brady
Roland Brady is one of the most original jewelers we know. And not just a jeweler, he also writes, helps his mother with her sheep, guides visitors to Monument Valley, acts, and helps in production for film companies. His is a unique mind, coupled with a profoundly spiritual soul. His crosses are as unique as he is.
This amazing cross includes a high level of detailed work and many techniques, such as applique, overlay, hand-texturing, hand-chiseling, stamping, cutouts, and even a cylindrical, stamped, barrel bead!
Like many of Roland’s pieces, this a double-sided, with totally different designs on either side.
One side has a menagerie of hummingbirds in flight, ready to visit the flowering plants and their 14K gold centerpieces. The leaves on each flower are hand-chiseled in great detail and oxidized. Roland’s personal hallmark, an appliqued arrowhead is represented on either side at the very bottom.
The other side of the cross has the saddle blanket design that is a favorite of Roland’s, with some amazing stamped dots and other designs around the corners of the center of the cross.
The entire composition hangs from a short handmade dangle, which includes the aforementioned barrel bead, and has a large handmade o-ring at the very top, perfect for hanging from multi-strand heishi or handmade beads.
Impeccable in its execution, intriguing in its design, and very functional, as well, this is a beautiful example of this extraordinary artist’s work. A lovely symbol, and a striking piece of jewelry, too.