One of myriad gifted, but unsung, Navajo jewelers, Jennifer Juan has fabricated these dramatic, overlaid silver earrings, by hand.
This ancient symbol of blessing is equally a symbol of Christianity which eased the transition from Native religions, when enforced by Spanish friars, centuries ago.
In Native culture, the four-cornered cross symbolizes the spread of blessings to all four corners of the earth.
In the creative and skilled hands of this artist, the dual symbol has a strikingly contemporary impact.
The darkened silver base allows the gleaming silver “stripes”, and polished border, to stand out, literally, and figuratively, forming a spectacular, graphic design.
Slightly convex, to amplify the shimmering effect, these earrings are timeless and chic historical or religious statements – however you prefer to see them.