A man of many parts, who excels in each one: bronc rider, horse trainer, administrator, activist against Native jewelry fraud, and most of all, major award-winning jeweler. This cowboy makes lyrical pieces, like this dragonfly, that are surprisingly romantic.
This dragonfly, a traditional symbol of good luck since it hovers over waterways, seems to be the Marie Antoinette of its kind, with rococo curlicues and intricate chasing on its wings. These textured, pretty curls are overlaid on a plain, polished background, and contrast beautifully with the gleaming, silver domes that form the tail. A serene green jadeite forms the body of the piece, with a small, dark garnet for the head. The mossy green jadeite suggests tree-shaded rivers, the domain of dragonflies.
The design is a carefully arranged pattern of rounds, from the small head to the larger body, down to the graduated domes of the tail. The elaborate curves and textures of the wings elegantly set off these simple domes.
And, on the other side, a whole now pendant emerges! Delicate, precise chasing creates a dainty, complementary design to the front. Even though the artist’s stamp is visible, it fits right in with the exquisite design. This is actually a reversible, two-in-one pendant, of the finest workmanship and artistry, by a very prominent jeweler.