Here we have an exquisite pair of sterling silver articulating dangle earrings that feature huge faceted amethysts with 14kt gold raindrops mixed in with sterling silver--all by collectible Navajo artist Alvin Monte. Monte is represented by three significant Santa Fe galleries, which have this bio: "This fine jeweler works in both gold and silver, often making his own stamping tools. He likes to embellish his metalwork with various stones, including amethysts and garnets, for a luxurious effect. Although his parents were silversmiths, he is self-taught. The inspiration for designs can come to him in dreams, he says, or from petroglyph or Pueblo designs. The execution, however is often more symbolic than realistic, resulting in modern, rather than traditional, designs."
These earrings embody the modern, luxurious aesthetic for which Monte is known. Both are signed with the artist's name, as well as STERLING and 14K stamps. I can't stress enough just how gorgeous these pieces are. Monte's current work commands big prices for much more basic type of metal work. I can't find any current jewelry that equals the kind of artistry and gemstones that these earrings offer.
The earrings measure about 1/2" wide at the widest point by 1-1/2" long. The amethyst gemstone is a teardrop with the point toward the bottom and is about 1/4 across at the widest point. The amethyst that hangs is also a teardrop, this one with the point toward the top, It is 3/8" across by 5/8" long and 1/4" deep. Note that when the earrings hang, the dangling gem leans ever so inward, which when seen from the front and side self corrects (see Photo 2). The silver has some small scratches and a lovely patina, which I would take care in not removing.
A new generation--luxurious and highly collectible.
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