A Kiowa from Oklahoma, Byron McCurtain graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts, in New Mexico, with a degree in photography.
Chance led him to know several jewelers, and he developed an interest in lapidary work.
Notably mentored by the late, celebrated Gibson Nez, Byron has emerged as a master of stone-work, and equally masterful in silver work.
Working with top-quality stones, his impeccable technique and artistic eye have brought him into the forefront of younger artists.
These lovely earrings demonstrate his esthetic vision and consummate skill.
Using a traditional palette of natural turquoise and rich red, natural coral, he surrounded the fine stones with brilliantly polished silver.
The top is shaped like the head of a female dancer, wearing a tablita of silver feathers.
The deeply notched bezel, around the mellow turquoise, echoes the lines of the headdress.
The dangle is an abstract version of a dancer’s body, sporting a small but fiery, natural red coral.
“She” displays a long silver necklace, formed into a beautiful curve of graduated tabs.
The necklace brings the lines of the tablita, and the cut bezel, down to the lower part of the earring.
With its tapered, convex shape, the plain silver dangle shimmers in icy contrast.
Unadorned metal must be perfect, and the workmanship in these earrings is just that.
Glistening silver, accented with sky and land stones of the first quality, creates a splendid pair of earrings.
The dancer design continues: the earrings will dance prettily as you move!