Born in 1966, Andy Cadman is the older brother of well-known silversmith Darrel Cadman and a half-brother of renowned smiths Sunshine Reeves & Gary Reeves (now deceased). This group of smiths all learned much of their trade from David Reeves (Gary and Sunshine's full-brother who is now deceased). The Cadman brothers and the Reeves brothers, therefore, share a common element of apprenticeship and exhibit certain similarities in their work. Andy is a jovial big bear of a fellow and his friends and family call him "Ben."
This Dragonfly necklace is made in the configuration of a squash blossom necklace, but the open-blossomed bugles turn into dragonflies. Dragonflies are a symbol of eternal life in Native mythology and during the missionary period when native peoples were forbidden to practice their religion and speak their languages, they used these symbols as a way to make their own religiously iconic art while missionaries thought they were making Christian crosses. This necklace also consists of handmade Sterling beads. Andy gave this a particularly dark patina look because he clearly meant to evoke the missionary era of the tail end of the 19th century and the early twentieth century. He formed the horshoe-shaped naja pendant with round wire to make this simple and spare like the necklaces of a bygone era. This is a re-creation of a very early style of Navajo necklace and it is true to its intention, right down to the handmade hook and eye closure which are nicely wrapped with coiled wire.
Hallmarked A. CADMAN and stamped Sterling quite discreetly on the naja.
Sterling beads: 1/2" diameter; 7/16" running length
Dragonflies: 2 3/8" x 3/4"
Naja: 2 1/8" across
Length: 28 1/2" + Naja