From heavy equipment operator to manipulator of fine tools in delicate designs seems a long road, but with some mentoring from the late, great Gibson Nez (no relation), he quickly found the way. (Also like Gibson, Leonard is an avid rodeo participant.)
He made the transition so well, that his jewelry is featured in the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C.
This splendid pendant displays the artist’s skill and design sense, and showcases a spectacular stone.
An uncommonly large and beautiful, natural Royston turquoise is the centerpiece of this impressive pendant.
First mined in the 1950s, in Nevada, the best Royston turquoise is known for vivid green color and thick, craggy matrix patterns.
This outstanding stone has a beautiful range of rich green hues, with a characteristic pattern of warm brown matrix.
Its size alone makes this particular turquoise stone special; the wonderful variation of greens, and the matrix that looks like landmasses seen from space, add to its significance.
Surrounding the turquoise, and following its organic, rounded shape, the glistening silver work is a handsome compliment.
Flat, but rounded feather symbols and stepped rain signs form a broad border around the raised turquoise, in its shallow shadowbox setting.
Rain is a blessing, on the arid high desert, and feathers represent prayers for this good luck.
Even the green of the turquoise seems to evoke the crops that rainfall will encourage, so the design and superb stone are in harmony.
Imposing, dramatic, but tasteful and beautifully wearable, this pendant has a sumptuous stone and is elegantly precise in its execution.
Wear it with sweaters, suits, blouses, dresses – every day, if you like.
The beauty and luxury of this pendant are understated, so it will be happily worn everywhere and amortized in a short time.