Shawn Bluejacket, a Shawnee jeweler, was raised in New Zealand, attended university in California, and furthered her studies in Santa Fe, at the Institute for American Indian Arts.
Without a tribal jewelry tradition, her influences are wide-ranging, in time and place.
Having lived all over the world, she creates pieces that reflect her sophistication, femininity, impressive skill, and a certain charming quirkiness.
These lovely dangles are all of the above, exhibiting her favorite boxed forms that allow the earrings to feel weightless.
The palette is feminine and dainty, with dark lavender, tourmaline cabochons in both tops, and a flutter of faceted rose quartz ovals at the bottoms.
The silver is lightly brushed, for a gentle shine, and finely incised on both earrings.
There, the symmetry ends; each pretty earring is a different, shape, with different tops that attach to the french wires.
One is oval, with a sort of Chinese pagoda-like flare at the top; the other is a rounded oblong, with a coat-hanger-like bar facing down.
The tourmalines are both similar in color, but one is an oval, to match the silver it sits on, and the other is an inverted teardrop.
Even the blush-pink quartz dangles are arranged differently, although there are the same size and number on each earring.
Under the silver oval, the center quartz bead is longer than the ones on each side; the beads hanging below the oblong silver box are almost the same length and a bit shorter than the other earrings.
Every bit hand fabricated, these delicately scaled, dreamily romantic earrings are simply splendid.
With lovely stones, impeccable workmanship, and daintily edgy design, they will go – beautifully – anywhere in the world.