Matthew Charley is a Navajo silversmith who often works in the needlepoint technique common to Zuni Pueblo of New Mexico. Needlepoint jewelry is set with small round stones of turquoise, coral or shell in a perfectly symmetrical design. A silversmith must be quite exacting to achieve the perfect symmetry necessary, for the eye easily discerns the smallest imbalance to the design.
This fine piece is both a pin and a pendant, equipped with a pin mechanism and a shepherd's hook on back. It is set with 42 rounds of clear blue Sleeping Beauty turquoise and 18 rounds of deep purple spiny oyster. The perfect symmetry of the turquoise and shell rounds set in the shape of a cross is clearly evident to the eye and demonstrates Matthew's exacting craftsmanship. He used a scallop stamp to highlight the silver border along the edges. Simply superb! This is truly superior work and we are pleased to include Matthew's work as a new component of our collection as of May 2013. We look forward to adding additional offerings from this fine silversmith in the future.
Hallmarked MC on back and stamped Sterling. On larger pieces where Matthew has room, he hallmarks with his whole name Matthew Charley in script.
Dimensions of cross: 2 3/4" x 2"
Width of arms of the cross: 13/16"
Sleeping Beauty turquoise: 42 rounds 1/8" diameter
Purple Spiny Oyster: 18 rounds 1/8" diameter
Pin & Pendant (see last photo above)