Calvin Martinez is consistently one of our favorite silversmiths and excels in every one of his smithing endeavors. His designs are particularly compelling, melding the tenets of Navajo Traditional Revival jewelry with his unique capacity to hybridize the traditional.
Calvin set a perfect oval of natural, untreated Candelaria turquoise from Nevada in this finely serrated bezel which he so carefully makes for most of his pieces. Because this is a perfect oval, he makes this a design of perfect symmetry in reiterating the oval in concentric forms surrounding the stone. This is splendidly detailed work which shows the soul of the artist. Exquisite! The bale on this will accommodate Erma Arviso's antiqued Sterling beads up to 10 mm. diameter.
Hallmarked C.MTZ inside an arrowhead and stamped Navajo and Sterling on back.
Stone: 1" x 3/4"
Dimensions of pendant (excluding bale): 2 1/8" x 1 3/4"
Total hang: 3"