This restrained and elegant squash-blossom style necklace highlights the beauty and simplicity of shapes forged in silver.
Total Necklace Length: 18 2/8"
Center Piece: 1 3/8" long, 1 1/2" wide
Pieces on sides: 3/8"
Earrings Size: 13/16" long, 7/16" wide
Metal: Sterling Silver
Artist: Paul Livingston
Paul Livingston was born in 1954 and has spent his entire life on the Navajo Church Rock Reservation, where he grew up watching his silversmith Uncle craft raw metal and stone into beautiful jewelry. Through trial and error and a great deal of help from his Uncle, Paul became an accomplished jewelry maker, and by the time he was twenty-two he launched himself into full-time silversmithing.
Today, Paul is a nationally known and collected jewelry artist. He is known for a style of jewelry most silversmiths shy away from: a technique known as ‘cluster and row work’ where multiple tiny stones are used together to form delicate, colorful designs in jewelry. Paul is happy to work with the little stones, even the tiny round “snake eye” ones and is renowned for how exquisitely aligned the stone clusters and rows of stones are on his pieces.
Though his forte has always been more traditional and even vintage-style Navajo jewelry, including squash blossoms, his contemporary designs are also in high demand. Paul Livingston creates beautiful jewelry using stones that aren’t often found in Native American jewelry.