Estella Loretto is an esteemed, nationally honored sculptor. Whether creating in stone or metal, large or small, she makes uniquely memorable pieces.
Famed for her monumental, and smaller, stone and bronze works, she has sculpted a piece of wearable art here. Sterling silver forms a slightly concave, circular bolo.
The background is darkened, and stippled with texture, while four swirls of highly polished silver swoop from the center to the upper edge, in gradually increasing widths. A high, round cabochon of turquoise sits at the center, stopping the eye.
The upper edge of the swirling forms is cut out, creating an asymmetrical design that interrupts the border of tiny polished silver balls.
While the design might symbolize water, it also resembles a comet (the turquoise) and its brilliant tail.
Tips of shining cylinders end in small replicas of the larger design, minus the turquoise and edging.
As befits an artist of her standing, every detail is perfect. The design is imaginative, as well as handsome; the execution is flawless, and even the hand-braided leather cord is the highest quality.
You can’t wear a monumental sculpture, but this creative bolo, by a celebrated artist, is one to wear with pride and enjoyment.