A young artist, related to the well-known Peina family of Zuni jewelers, Abe favors contemporary designs and sometimes adds a whimsical touch.
This charming pendant pays homage to the classic New Mexico icon, the chile pepper.
“Red or green?” (Chile) is the official State question, after all, encountered in almost every restaurant in the state, from humble to haughty.
This pendant is beautifully fabricated in sterling silver overlay, so you don’t have to answer – it suits lovers of either color.
The silver is finished to a satin feel, and a dazzling polish, with just a bit of darkened base, to emphasize the form.
A 14-karat gold sun adds a little visual heat, and a tongue-in-cheek metaphor, too.
Notice that the loop is formed like the stem of a chile?
Wonderful detail and thought went into this seemingly simple pendant.
A permanent reminder of a happy trip to the Land of Enchantment, or the proud statement of a resident; this delightful pendant won’t ever burn your mouth, but will engender conversations.