Not just another pretty Hopi Maiden, this lovely lady graces four strands of square, iridescent mother of pearl beads, and is lavishly adorned, herself.
Ray and Troy Sice are each award-winners, and collaborators who blend like peanut butter and jelly, but this necklace is all Ray. The detail, and inspired combination of materials, are wonderful.
Hand carved and polished natural elk antler forms the pendant, embellished with necklaces of tiny inlaid stones of red and pink coral, turquoise, malachite, lapis, silver, and more. Her face and hair are carefully carved, and decorated with incised and colored motifs, as well.
Perfectly even, incised lines depict her traditional, maidenly coiffure. Inlaid pen shell and a dark red coral form her eyes and mouth, while darkened lines, symbolizing rainfall, decorate her cheeks.
Bright, sky blue turquoise, below her “necklaces”, is cut into elongated teardrops that form a prettily dancing fringe. Four strands of square-cut, luminous mother of pearl “chiclets” support the pendant, adding sparkle to the softer gleam of the polished antler; glistening ice to milky gleam.
The colorful pattern of stones on the pendant, and the vivid turquoise dangles, below, form a decorative and animated contrast.
More than just a pretty face, this Hopi Maiden carries with her the very good luck of rain – a precious commodity in the desert – so her beauty is much more than skin deep.
Enjoy the necklace with all sorts of clothes, and the good luck that comes along with it – including the compliments.