Al Joe has always been known for the grace and restraint of his designs, as well as the perfection of his workmanship.
He was voted “Artist of the Year ” by the Indian Arts and Crafts Association, the industry standard-setter -twice – since 2000, among many, many other awards.
This superb version of a traditional squash blossom necklace, perhaps THE iconic piece of Navajo jewelry, is both beautifully modern, and splendidly traditional.
This consummate artist has, once again, demonstrated his impeccable talent and skill.
A sleekly formed and chiseled naja hangs from a single row of perfect, rotund silver beads.
They are separated, in part, by a total of eighteen “pomegranate” squash blossoms.
Daintily formed in a trumpet shape, these are a lovely counterpoint to the curvaceous beads.
With infinite patience and admirable skill, he has fashioned each bead and element by hand, including the hook and eye clasp.
The effect of all that gleaming polished silver and handsomely curved shapes are brilliant, in all senses.
The workmanship is incredibly perfect; the scale and design are, also.
Even though the naja is chiseled in an understated linear pattern, within a shadowbox setting, and has a concave border, it radiates simplicity and perfection.
Simple is very difficult – there is no way to hide little slips; Al Joe is fearless because he has confidence in his remarkable ability.
A must in every collector’s inventory, a squash blossom necklace that is modern, stunning in its effect, and created by an acknowledged master jeweler, is a prize.
This gorgeous necklace will enhance knits, as well as just about your whole wardrobe.
It takes its place, with grace and beauty, in the historic tradition of Navajo jewelry.