One of the most high-profile artists in a large and respected family of jewelers, Jolene has literally carved her own niche. Her late father, Ben Eustace, was famous for his carved turquoise leaves in the 1970’s; she continues the tradition in her personal, award-winning way.
She does carve stones, but more abstractly, as here. The settings are still hand-wrought sterling silver, but darkened and textured, with a rugged, archaic look. An additional innovation is the use of 18-karat gold accents, which bring warmth and glitter to the piece.
In this all-turquoise piece, the hand-cut and beveled natural turquoise stones on the top are set into a stepped form of silver, with rounded scallops at the top. This symbolizes a rain cloud. The three teardrops of turquoise symbolize sky, water, and – by their shape – drops of rain. The carved turquoise dangle is a deeper, natural teal hue, and continues the symbolism from above.
Notice the 18-karat gold half circle at the bottom of the top piece. That, and the two gold circles at the very top, not only add warmth and gleaming contrast to the piece, they represent the sun and the moon, to balance the rainfall. With its range of gorgeous turquoise hues, from pale to richly deep, the pendant shimmers with watery beauty.
Jolene’s distinctive work has been recognized with many prizes and museum shows. You will attract many fascinated compliments wearing this unusually beautiful pendant. (PS, you can also pin it to a jacket’s lapel, with a safety pin. I won’t tell, and no one will guess.)