Martinez and Gasper, Carved Turquoise Leaf Necklace
Navajo silversmith Calvin Martinez made this amazing necklace. Calvin brings the Trading Post lots of great pieces of handmade art, but believe it or not this is the first necklace we have ever had by this talented artist. He has taken eleven pieces of hand carved Smith Turquoise stones by Zuni artists Pete & Dinah Gasper and surrounded them with a floral silver design. The American rocks have a wonderful character due to the thickness of the stone and the deep realistic carved leaf lines. Each stone is a bluish green color with hints of webbed matrix running through the domed stones. The perfect silver work adorns the turquoise leaves and includes twist wire, stamp work, beads, and fancy wire work. Calvin has strung the pieces on a handmade chain that is filled with Southwest character and he includes a pair of matching pierced earrings. This is a rare collectible and will give you an excellent Zuni and Navajo artists collaboration piece.