Insect pins have been a specialty of Navajo jewelers since they began working in silver and stones. After all, Spider Woman is central to their mythology!
This genre is enjoying new popularity these days, and one major proponent is Herbert Ration.
Here is a large and lustrous, modern version of traditional Navajo bug pins.
White mother of pearl lends its luminous beauty to the body of the pin, while richly green, striped malachite serves as the head.
A pair of graceful silver wings spreads across the mother of pearl, brushed to an antique luster and decoratively stamped.
The six legs and two little eyes, at the ends of silver wires, each have a tiny stone set in the end.
Turquoise, denim lapis, lapis, and jet lend a varied palette of related hues to complement the malachite and lunar iridescence of the mother of pearl.
Imposing, dramatic, yet delicate, this is a wonderful interpretation of a long tradition.
It will make a fascinating statement on lapel, hat, belt, bag, or wherever.