“A Navajo jeweler whose individual vision sets him apart from tradition while retaining the cultural origins that inspired (him)….” So writes a major reference work on Native jewelry, about Vernon Begaye.
This spectacular pendant is an example of his singular vision and traditional skills.
Generally, Vernon prefers a “more is more” style, rather than minimalism, and this pendant demonstrates this with a robust and colorful design, impeccably fabricated by hand.
The silver base is roughly textured, a handsome contrast to the smooth and gleaming silver edges, and the applied silver bar that suggests peaked mountains.
A serene, oval, natural red coral is set between the and above the silvery mountains, with brilliantly colored, natural stones inlaid below.
Red and salmon coral, mother of pearl, Picasso marble, turquoise, malachite, and lapis – all-natural stones – are arranged vertically, with one hefty silver channel in the middle.
The dark green malachite and darkest blue lapis are each cut into triangles and inlaid to form a vertical rectangle.
With smooth surfaces, the stones contrast in texture, as well as glorious color, with the silver.
Vernon’s award-winning work is made with great skill and artistic vision and is always distinctive.
This unique and handsome pendant is splendid, and one-of-a-kind. It is a conversation starter and happily goes with everything.