Hopi hand made sandcast silver and lapis lazuli inlay pendant, created by famous Hopi/Pima artists, Bennard & Frances Dallasvuyaoma. The pendant measures 3/4" by 1/2" oval and weighs 2.6 grams. An 18" sterling silver chain (not Native American made) is also included with the pendant.
The stones are encased in sterling silver cast in sandstone from Hotevilla on the Third Mesa. It was important to Bennard and Frances to find rock from their homelands to cast their jewelry. With characteristics different from tufa stone, learning to work with sandstone is one of our secrets, says Bennard. The sandstone creates beautiful settings of textured metal which contrasts with the smooth surfaces of the gems.
Brand new and in perfect condition! Certificate of Authenticity and gift box included. Purchased in person directly from the artist, Bennard Dallasvuyaoma.
About the artists: Bennard & Frances Dallasvuyaoma are Native American Hopi/Pima Artists from New Mexico. Their innovative jewelry is a dramatic blend of both ancient and contemporary traditions, techniques and materials. Frances is Hopi and Bennard is Pima and Hopi. We design each piece of jewelry to signify balance and harmony, says Bennard. When we talk about balance and harmony, we mean that there is an order to everything and nothing is in disarray.