Michael learned his extraordinary skill with stones from his father, the acclaimed, NanA Ping, but has long won awards and accolades of his own.
This charming little pendant shows not only his impeccable workmanship, and choice of stones, but a whimsical sense of humor, as well.
Insect pins have a long history, but this pendant is something different – an abstract, but recognizable snail!
The round dome of the natural sodalite stone was the inspiration; the delicate silver antennae and tiny half-bead head are the result of artistic imagination.
Sodalite is a rare mineral, noted for its dark, navy blue color, often streaked with white. Sodalite occurs in igneous rocks that crystallized from sodium-rich magmas (molten lava).
This sodalite stone is of the highest quality, of course, since Michael always uses only the best examples.
Gently amusing, beautifully executed, with a richly gorgeous stone, this pendant is just as carefully made as the artist’s larger pieces, but delightfully more accessible.
Don’t be a slowpoke – catch this snail right away!