This multi-tasking Indian art activist and executive, rodeo champion, horse trainer, and award-winning jeweler is enjoying the art of chased silver these days. This luscious pendant is one of the latest of his lovely creations.
He has formed the silver into a series of opulent curves, ornamented with chased, scored and chiseled areas. “Chasing” forms the design on the front of the work by pushing the metal in, as opposed to repousse work, which pushes the metal out from the back. Chasing allows for more detailed and complex designs, generally. Combined with minuscule chisel work on the edges, the ornate swirls of silver are minutely scored, to soften them, without darkening them at all. Only the two half rounds at the bottom are left plain and polished.
The center of the piece is an elongated U- shape of natural spiny oyster shell in a deep red. The surface is typically striated, which adds more visual texture to the piece. It is smoothly polished, but can look as iff the stripes are raised, according to the light and angle. A tiny round of brilliant blue, natural Kingman turquoise marks the bottom of the pendant, adding to the vivacity of the piece.
Even the bail is chased and scored, to match, and the entire back is ornamented with the same elegant and luxurious pattern as the front. This is really two pendants in one, and both are gorgeous.