This dainty heart pendant was handcrafted by Navajo Native American Lapidary artist, Ervin Hoskie, whose work can be found in the Heard Museum and other fine galleries in the American Southwest. This pendant may be dainty but its impact of romance and love is big and bold.
Ervin used hand-cut stones of orange-red Spiny Oyster and one stone of White Fire Lab Opal set in the sterling silver, which makes for an interesting and unique design. It takes a skilled artist with a steady hand to be able to inlay stones with such precision. This work of art is the perfect example of the exceptional skills of the Native American culture, along with a flair of modern style.
In the Native American culture, as in many other cultures, the heart is a symbol of love and romance, joy, compassion and charity. This heart pendant certainly conveys those feelings.
Spiny Oyster is one of the most popular shells that the Native Americans use in jewelry making. Found in the Sea of Cortez, off the coast of Baja California, Mexico, Spiny Oyster is prized for their great colors of orange, red, pinks, brown, yellow, white and purple.