Colt John is the teenage son of Aaron John, a Navajo jeweler known for his beautiful overlay, as well as his ability to think and work outside the box. He has passed his talent and gift along to his son.
Colt, who has now been making jewelry for 10 years, has created a beautiful representation of an animal very important to the Navajo people: a sheep.
Young children, whose task is to watch over Grandma’s herds, often make a lamb a temporary pet.
So, this adorable earring and pendant set is a tribute to nostalgia, perhaps, and certainly to tradition.
Sheep are almost synonymous with Navajo life; they provide meat, of course, but also wool, to weave into those wonderful blankets and rugs, to warm the long winters.
Colt has expertly detailed a trio of fluffy white sheep in this earring and pendant set. The sterling silver of the sheep’s wool is textured so that it resembles the characteristics of the animal’s coat. The brightness of the silver is contrasted by deep, dark oxidization around the edges of the sheep, and into the cuts that make the details like the ears, legs, hoofs, and little tail.
It is the delightful expression on their faces that is so amusing, and so captivating: the sheep look shy, friendly, and – yes, sheepish!
And they are, by the way, seriously well-made, by hand.
Give these sweet cuties a forever home. They will repay you by attracting smiles and compliments, everywhere.