Beginning as far back to the 1800's, Herbert is a 9th generation metalsmith.. At the young age of only 10, he started by helping his mother & father with pieces they were making & between their influence & trial & error, Herbert has now grown to be one of the Navajo's most respected artists. Now having over a 1/2 century of artistry under his belt, he is widely known for his beetle, spider, dragonfly pins & when I asked him "When did you come up with this style"?
"It came to me in a dream" he told me & has has been guided & has followed that dream ever since! Creativity flows through Herbert's veins & will not create until the time is right, his mind & soul are aligned & all his creative juices are flowing!
Made exclusively for my store, this "larger than life size" beetle isn't just your average looking beetle, but rather a "Southwestern Navajo Beetle" that's made with a colorful array of signature stones known to the southwest! It's body comes with teal colored Fox turquoise for the face & a huge cut of Wild Horse Magnesite (AKA-Appaloosa Jasper) for the body. It is however mined around other turquoise mines, but with Wild Horse, it only comes from one place & that's the Globe copper mine in the Gila wilderness area of southeastern Arizona. It's sterling wings are very Navajo in style & have a light tooled design. It's twisted sterling legs are bent high & made long & on each tip sits a different stone & are not repeated from one side to the other.
(See materials in specifics' below) It's Italian Coral buggy eyes sit low in a high bezel. There are so many wardrobe pieces you can pin this on & either woman or man can wear it!
Pin this to a western hat, a purse, pin it to a shawl, wear it on the shoulder, a coat, etc.. I do want to mention that because of it's weight, I personally wouldn't put this on any delicate fabric. He's a big colorful buggy bug with long legs & is a fine piece of "whimsical wearable art"! ARTIST: HERBERT RATION-MADE EXCLUSIVEY FOR PLATA DE SANTA FE JEWELRY. WEIGHT: 29.5 GRAMS (1.04 OUNCES).WIDTH: 3-1/2 (TAKEN FROM LEGS WIDEST AREAS). LENGTH: 3-1/4 (TAKEN FROM LONGEST FRONT LEG AREA TO END OF BODY).
WILD HORSE MAGNESITE SIZE: 36 MM X 22 MM (ABOUT 1-3/8" X 7/8"). FOX TURQUOISE SIZE: 16 MM X 15 MM (ABOUT 5/8" X 5/8"). MATERIAL IN LEGS-(FROM FRONT RIGHT SIDE TO BACK). ITALIAN CORAL, MALACHITE, BLACK ONYX, SLEEPING BEAUTY TURQUOISE.MATERIAL IN LEGS-(FROM FRONT LEFT SIDE TO BACK). TIGERS EYE, HEMATITE, MAN MADE OPAL, ORANGE SHELL. Because of the price, this will have a mandatory signature confirmation requirement.
Unless the pin is defective(Which it's not), there is now a 3% charge that will be charged to you, taken from the total price you paid if there is a return.. (This applies to: buyers remorse, don't like it, too heavy, too big, too small, etc)This is one good reason why you should go over measurements before purchasing & read all the detail I provided you with & ask any questions/concerns you may have beforehand. In order to give you close up photos, pictures can tend to make the item look much more larger & more magnified than in actuality. Close up's can make the item look even larger & then you get it in hand & say, it looked much larger in the photos!
So to get a accurate idea of how big this is, please pull out a tape measure & compare to my given measurements. Please go through photos to see any variation. The item "Navajo Artist-HERBERT RATION-HUGE Beetle with Multi Colored Stone Legs-925 Pin" is in sale since Saturday, July 31, 2021. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Pins, Brooches". The seller is "platadesantafejewelry" and is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
This item can be shipped to United States.