A Kiowa from Oklahoma, Byron McCurtain graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts with a degree in photography, but he became acquainted with several jewelers, which sparked his interest in this aspect of art.
With the notable mentorship of the late, celebrated Gibson Nez, he has emerged as a master of stone-work and equally masterful in silver work.
Working with top-quality stones, his impeccable technique and artistic eye have brought him into the forefront of younger artists.
These unusual earrings marry three different materials, besides sterling silver, into a unique design.
At the top, triangles of natural, royal blue lapis are surrounded by sterling silver with an impeccably chiseled bezel, and minute hand stamping around the edges.
A tiny, but vibrant, natural turquoise, also in a chiseled bezel, is joined to a shield-shaped silver dangle that is delicately stamped.
Here is the creative part: dangling behind the lustrous silver, is a narrow rectangle of iridescent, shimmering, natural abalone shell.
Two different kinds of luster combine to play hide-and-seek, as the earring dangles swing and sway.
Comfortable on the ear, thanks to the cut-out silver dangle and the slice of shell, these earrings are unique in design.
Beautiful, natural materials, flawlessly worked in a very individual style, by an up-and-coming master – and very flattering, too.