April 29, 2019
David Rosales is always creating new color collections for us to marvel at. They often push past what is generally thought of as traditional Native American jewelry. Recent additions include Sonoran Gold Turquoise and the Blue Sky Collection. While we always love these new looks, sometimes you just have to go with a classic Native American look. The one we’re going to talk about today is the beautiful Indian Summer Collection, a time-honored look that keeps getting better.
The Indian Summer Collection from David Rosales Designs is one of their most colorful collections of Native American jewelry. The combination of turquoise, lapis lazuli, spiny oyster shell, gaspeite, and sugilite makes for a cheerful rainbow of color. The turquoise is always bright and attractive and it contrasts wonderfully with the dark sugilite. This is my mother’s favorite collection because she loves all things color. Unlike some of David’s other collections, this is not an uncommon look in Native American jewelry. It’s a classic collage of Southwestern colors that never go out of style. Travel to New Mexico and you will see these colors used in jewelry, art, and even architecture.
Never one to completely follow a crowd, David still sets his pieces apart from others. First, the unique designs of his different pieces of Native American jewelry are both modern and sometimes unconventional. He has some very different designs that you will never see from another artist. Also, they use the Indian Summer Collection with regular inlay as well as cobblestone. Cobblestone means that each stone is cut so that it has a three-dimensional feel and sticks out from the silver. This takes even more effort than traditional inlay work, which is one reason why you don’t see it as often. Like most of David Rosales’ Native American jewelry, his Indian Summer pieces are simply cleaner than most. They have very few flaws and it is hard to believe that they are all handcrafted.
Perhaps I’m imagining this, but I think the Indian Summer Collection has just gotten better over time. David is using it in more contemporary designs that appeal to a younger crowd. These colors really work well in the “Gypsy” fashion trend that you see right now. David Rosales has been sure to offer plenty of designs for both the young and old, which has helped change a negative (untrue) stigma in Native American jewelry for being old and drab. Another way this look has evolved with time is the incredible intricacies that David incorporates in this collection. The level of detail that his artists put into some of these pieces is simply astonishing. Some of this is so tiny that they can even create pictures with the cut stones. Even after this many years of seeing David Rosales’ work, it can still be hard to believe that they cut all of these stones by hand. His team are true artists, in every sense of the word.
I encourage you to take a look at some of the new pieces from the Indian Summer Collection. There is some really amazing Native American jewelry there that is perfect for spring and summer. It won’t take you long to see why David Rosales is one of the most talented Native American jewelry designers in the entire world. As always, keep checking back with us. We get new pieces in our store continuously and I hope to keep adding more.
Take a look at the Indian Summer Collection here.
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