Coral Necklace and Earring Set
Sterling Silver and Coral Necklace and Earring Set by Navajo Artist Leonard Nez. This set features 10 linked silver overlay coral medallions (1 3/8″ x 1 1/8″ each) with an extension chain to total a length of 30″ and an extra 1.75″ with the additional center medallion. The matching dangle earrings measure 1 1/8″ x 3/4″.
Native American Artist: Leonard Nez
Fine chisel, stamp work and deeply grooved silver overlay are the hallmarks of Navajo Leonard Nez’s silver jewelry whose work is featured in the Smithsonian Institute. By combining the elements of the traditional with the contemporary in detailed scrollwork and classic feather styling, Nez’s work is distinct and recognizable.
Born in Keams Canon, Arizona, Nez met his wife Marian through his sister. It was Marian, a silversmith in her own right, who first taught Nez jewelry-making. In 1977, he made his first pieces and by1993 he began showing his work. He is consistently the recipient of awards and his work can be found in private collections, which include a silver bowl at the Smithsonian. An avid horseman and highly skilled team roper, he divides his time between his silver work and the rodeo circuit.
He attributes his inspiration to God and says that sometimes design ideas come to him while he is in church.