Wilber is an older brother of our artist-in-residence, Alvin Vandever. The many Vandevers are all excellent jewelers, but, after Alvin, Wilbert is perhaps the finest.
As always, this pendant is exceptionally well designed and executed, with a lovely stone as its focus.
The high-pillowed, oval stone is centered in a meticulously hand fabricated setting of sterling silver that matches its shape.
The cut bezel that holds the stone is set in a narrow shadowbox, surrounded by a minutely chiseled, rounded border.
The outer border of silver is chiseled in a larger scale, at the bottom. At the sides, the border is carved into concave shapes.
Seven, little domes of silver, graduated in size, sparkle at the very top.
The tapered bail is chiseled in the center, echoing the silver work around the pendant. It will pass over beads up to 3/8″ in diameter.
The spiderweb stone is a particularly lovely shade of soft turquoise, that is very soothing. The all-over matrix is toast-colored, so the contrast is equally gentle.
Classic Navajo style, in a refined design, with superior silver work, and an exceptionally pretty stone, by a very fine artist.