This beautiful open heart within a 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. He is known to translate traditional Navajo inlay techniques into jewelry that reflects his Native American heritage.
Ervin used hand-cut stones of orange-red Spiny Oyster and one stone of White Fire Opal along with an open heart in the sterling silver. The smaller cut out heart surrounded by the inlaid stones makes for a unique and interesting pendant. It takes a skilled artist with a steady hand to be able to inlay stones with such precision. This pendant is a work of art and is a perfect example of the exceptional skills of the Native American culture, 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.