Well-respected by his peers and those who enjoy his work – including the judges who hand out prizes – 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, as this handwome horned toad demonstrates.
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 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 precise, overlapping stamping that replicate his scales. So, the head, tail and legs are creatively realistic. His body is adorned with a beautiful, high-domed, natural turquoise, set within a frame of tiny, polished silver domes. The smooth luster of the turquoise is a handsome foil to the all-over texture of the silver, and the pattern of matrix seems to reflect the sky and the earth.
Adorning a lapel, hat, belt, chain, or whatever, this is not only a striking piece of jewelry, but a real conversation piece.