Classic style, extraordinary workmanship, and impeccable materials characterize the work of this long celebrated artist.
The stepped overlay pattern of this exquisite signifies rain, as do the etched parallel lines that texture the base silver. These are good luck symbols. The glorious, natural stones also represent water: blue turquoise for the sky, royal blue lapis for water. Natural, rich red coral represents the earth, so this piece contains the Navajo ideal of balance in nature. More turquoise and coral are inlaid in the sides.
The bail is a dramatically flanged form, incised with lines that complement those in the pendant. The whole piece is is an elegantly understated interplay of perfect proportions, curves, angles, and colors. This pendant can be worn anywhere, with anything.
Leo Yazzie is a veteran award-winner, well-known for the quality of his stones and his exceptional workmanship. He often works in gold, so an all-silver piece is especially coveted.