July 21, 2021
This is a continuation of our previous article, Our Newest David Rosales Jewelry, Part 1. In our last post I discussed four of my favorite new pieces that we recently received. If you haven't yet read that be sure to take a look. The David Rosales jewelry that I showcase there is really beautiful. In this article I describe only one. You can rest assured that there is a lot to discuss with this one. It is one of the most interesting and unique pieces that we have received from David Rosales for quite awhile. It is classy and modern and its design looks like it might belong in a museum. You are going to enjoy all of the amazing detail that is packed into this piece of David Rosales jewelry!
Sonoran Gold Turquoise Pendant
Sonoran Gold Turquoise is an insanely popular stone that comes from the northern part of Mexico. Sonoran Turquoise was discovered just a few years ago and has really taken off. I believe this is because its intense green coloring is so unique from most other types of turquoise. There is also a lot of variation within this stone; you can find light and dark shades of green, as well as blues and yellows packed into a single stone. If you have a lot of regular blue turquoise already, Sonoran Turquoise is a wonderful new look to add to your collection. I won’t go too in-depth but if you would like to read more about this stone, you can read our Sonoran Gold Turquoise Guide.
We recently received a few new pieces of Sonoran Gold Turquoise jewelry from David Rosales. However, there is one in particular that I want to focus on. I think most of us here would agree that this is the coolest, most far-out piece of Native American jewelry that we have received in some time. This is a large Sonoran Gold Turquoise pendant with a design that I would describe as avante-garde. It has sharp angles and points with long, sloping curves. The entire design looks like a piece of artwork that belongs in a museum.
On top of the captivating design, you have the beautiful intense green colors of the Sonoran Turquoise. Look closely and you will see the yellow colors sprinkled throughout, as well as a few subtle blue patches. What's more, this is quite a large pendant (nearly two inches on both sides) so it has plenty of surface area to show off the variations in the Sonoran Turquoise. David Rosales’ artists have packed nearly every square millimeter of this pendant with the green turquoise. Even the bail has been inlaid! Now I certainly could be wrong but this design reminds me of a Yeibichai, which is the name for a Navajo god. This is a common symbol in Native American jewelry and David Rosales himself has others. However, they are traditionally more blocky and geometric. This seems to be a more modern, new-age Yeibichai. No matter what this pendant is meant to represent, it is something to admire. It is a wonderful piece that would really draw attention.
You can shop this Reversible Sonoran Turquoise Pendant at this link!
But wait, there’s more! As if all of this wasn’t enough, this pendant is reversible! Flip it around and you will find the bail and squared section inlaid with black jade. Below this there is a really neat design in the silverwork. The top portion has mountains in a night sky with stars and a crescent moon. Underneath this you can see a few abstract Southwestern designs. All of these designs stand out well because the background has been blackened. I find the bail to be particularly interesting in this piece. As I previously stated, both sides are inlaid with the corresponding stone. Look at the bail from above and you will see where the black jade and Sonoran Turquoise meet. In my eyes, this transition is very neat. I love how the black offsets the green from the turquoise. Others won’t be able to see this but it is a portion that I really enjoy.
Overall, if you are looking for a showstopper pendant that is very unique then look no further. You could even say that this is a two-in-one because it is reversible. Both sides have very different personalities. The side with Sonoran Turquoise is packed full of color and is a real eye-catcher. The reverse side is more subdued with a modern, elegant style. Let’s not forget the amount of work that must have gone into its creation. A one-sided piece of inlaid jewelry requires a lot of time and work. This double-sided pendant takes that to the extreme. While we all love David Rosales’ vast collection of jewelry, this is one of those rare specimens that sets a new benchmark for all Native American jewelry to hit. This is truly a wearable work of art.
I want to add a quick related note. In our recent shipment of David Rosales jewelry we also picked up a pair of earrings that would be an excellent match to this pendant. They are dangly circles with the same Sonoran Gold Turquoise inlaid in sterling silver. Although they are obviously much smaller than the pendant, these earrings still have nice variation to the turquoise. You have green with yellow interlaced throughout and a few splotches of blue to boot. Oh, and you know what? That’s right, you guessed it; they are reversible! You can easily flip these earrings around to find a single black jade stone on the back. Honestly, these are such a perfect match to the above pendant that it would be a shame to split them up. See these David Rosales Reversible Sonoran Turquoise Earrings right here!
I hope you have enjoyed this look at one of our most fascinating pieces of Native American jewelry from David Rosales (plus a matching pair of earrings). As I said previously, this Sonoran Turquoise pendant would make for a dazzling showpiece. You would be able to create an entire outfit centered around this one turquoise pendant. Its shape has the spirit of art deco while still staying true to its Native American roots. It is a wonderful piece that you are sure to love!
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