Two sides of the same pendant.
Paula says - "I was so glad when we found this reversible pendant by Merle House - it is amazing!
"One side has a dazzling sterling silver channel inlay shield and swinging feather made from turquoise, orange spiny oyster, red spiny oyster, jet, lapis lazuli and mother of pearl.
"The reverse side features an intricate inlay of a Monument Valley (jasper) under a brilliant sky (turquoise). Swinging below is an inlay feather of mother of pearl, jet, turquoise and lapis with jet channel. Top and bottom pieces are encased in sterling silver."
(Sterling silver cable shown is not included.)
Merle House Jr. is from the Ganado, Arizona area and is in his twenties. He has been learning silversmithing and stone inlay work from his father-in-law, award winning Navajo silversmith Ervin P. Tsosie.
Ervin Tsosie's work is highly regarded and sought out worldwide. He hand cuts gemstones and other materials such as jet, coral, lapis, malachite, turquoise and makes intricate murals based on ceremonial and mythical figures.
Ervin's son-in-law, Merle House creates his own designs but the similarity in the style of the work is unmistakable. It is as if he is filling a blank canvas with intricate strokes of stone, very much like his mentor.