Praised for his award-winning, singular designs and meticulous workmanship, as well as his generous mentoring, Duane Maktima is something of a legend in Native jewelry.
In this figural pendant, cool and warm materials are adroitly placed in a pleasing, modern composition.
Crowned by a corrugated silver tablita, the head of the figure is half dark boulder opal, and half horizontally striped, soft taupe, Polish flint – not your usual stone!
Sparks of color flash through the boulder opal, while 14-karat gold forms slender channels between the stones.
The body is more complex: At the top, boulder opal switches sides, leaving an incandescent blue, natural, Kingman water web turquoise on the left.
Below this, more gold channels separate a band of black jade from a band of luminous blue chalcedony. Chalcedony has been prized since before the days of the ancient Greeks and Romans.
The long tapering form of the body, at the bottom, is made of another piece of the softly hued flint, this time with the striped markings flowing vertically.
Simple, highly polished silver forms the bezel of the stones, while the back is decoratively textured. The bail is also a gleaming polished silver, wide enough ( 1/2″ W!) to accommodate beads and multi-strand heishi.
Sleek and chic, in a simple, modern way, this pendant boasts fascinating design, fine, natural materials and flawless artistry, by a major jeweler.
It will attract admirers every time you wear it. which will be often.