A top-notch jeweler who favors designs with natural elements, here combines core elements of both the Christian and Native traditions in a handsome way.
The cross is the fundamental symbol of identification for Christians, and resembles an abstract dragonfly, a good-luck symbol for tribes of the arid southwest.
Here, the inlaid rounded squares of turquoise pay homage to corn, the Native staff of life, and symbol of all good things, including renewal and prayers answered.
Vividly hued turquoise is stabilized so that it can be meticulously cut into individual “kernels” that are each pillowed and beveled, then inlaid within the frame of polished silver.
The artist has used a variety of different turquoise pieces, so the visual effect is very rich.
Beautiful in its own right, this lovely cross also symbolizes the unity of mankind, joining these two cherished beliefs in one unique pendant.