Spring brings bugs, along with the planting season and crops. Native cultures revere all Nature’s creatures, and Navajo artists have been fashioning insect jewelry for over a century, seeing the innate beauty in the colors and forms of spiders, beetles and other bugs. Herbert has updated the traditional style with his own.
This larger beetle has an uncommon palette of watermelon-rind-striped serpentine in the body, a square lapis head, shapely stamped silver wings, and a variety of stones decorating each of its six legs. The graceful form of the wings, and their delicate stamped designs, add ornamentation.
Gleaming hematite finishes the antennae, while the dainty legs pick up both the green of the serpentine and the blue of the lapis in the tiny cabochons at the end of each. Malachite, turquoise, lapis, garnet, and mother of pearl add contrast, and coordinate. Against olive-y greens, reds, blues, or almost every color, this pin really “pops”. Tradition combines with the creativity of the jeweler.