On of the most creative jewelry artists lives in the Monument Valley area of the Navajo lands, and helps his mother herd her sheep, when not helping film crews in the area.
Roland’s name is a synonym for incredibly exacting workmanship and imaginative style.
This arresting necklace is one of his more traditional pieces, although it far exceeds the usual criteria in both design and execution – business as usual for this formidable talent.
A large, beautifully fabricated silver sunflower is the centerpiece, with overlapping petals, a dotted center, and a gleaming, little gold ladybug.
The ladybug is realistic, and highly polished, for a subtle contrast to the silver.
Instead of a single chain, the pendant hangs from a long length of hand-braided leather, that is adjustable.
Two cylinders of brushed and dotted silver slide over the leather, so the length ranges from choker length, to notably long.
The whimsicality, love of nature, and skill, of the artist shows up in the silver bail: not just a shepherd’s hook, but one in the shape of a realistic, curly worm!
Ingenious in its construction, and amazingly precise in execution, this necklace, like all of Roland’s work, is a piece like no other.
This handsome necklace is a rare example of ultra-refined and meticulous workmanship, an original artistic vision that is unique, and a wryly playful sense of humor, too.
The worm/shepherd’s hook allows you to hang the sunflower from a collar, chain, heishi, beads, or whatever you like.
It would be simple to attach a pin to the back, for additional versatility.
Adaptable, stunning in looks and fabrication, and completely unique, this is another outstanding piece by this extraordinary artist.