NAVAJO HANDCRAFTED PENDANT BY ARTIST'S M&R CALLADITTO
Navajo handcrafted by due M & R Calladitto. Genuine Sonoran gold turquoise and set in solid sterling silver. Featuring unique stamping with a large piece of Sonoran gold turquoise. Measuring 2"1/2 in total length with a setting measuring 1"1/4 x 1" and the stone measuring 1" x 5/8". The large bail can accommodate up to a 20mm necklace or beads. A great example of a traditional Native American pendant.
Artist: Michael & Rosita Calladitto (M&R CALLADITTO) hallmark / Michael Calladitto is best known for traditional Navajo style jewelry using Sterling Silver & turquoise with deeply stamped designs. He loves working with turquoise and says that the stone make him more creative and skillful at the bench. Michael makes most of the decorative stamps he uses to make his jewelry by hand from the tempered steel of old car engines. Using old parts from piston rods to valve stems, he carefully cuts designs into the steel using tiny files and other tools to produce his personal stamps. Brought up on the reservation in the village of Pruitt, New Mexico and born to the Meadow People Clan, Michael is also part Apache. Raised primarily by his Grandparents, Michael draws inspiration from the same remote and wild places his grandmother, a well-respected natural healer, took him to when he was young.