This engaging Necklace showcases a Lapis and Sterling Silver Thunderbird Pendant by Santa Fe artist Dan Dodson. Lapis is a deep-blue gemstone that has been valued since antiquity for its intense color, and this stone is no exception. It is cut in the shape of an oval and set on Sterling Silver Plate that has been meticulously shaped and stamped. The piece displays spread wings and tail and a raised head, as though the Thunderbird is preparing to soar. The markings depict feathers and other Native American symbols, including Bird Tracks and Radiant Suns. The overall impact is quite striking — the Pendant has stand-out appeal. It drapes from a Sterling Silver Ring Bail and is stamped on the back with the artist's hallmark and "Sterling."
We've paired the Thunderbird Pendant with 3 Strands of Blue Kyanite Nuggets, color matched to the Lapis Stone. Kyanite is a semi-precious gemstone found on the U.S. eastern coast and several other places around the world. While it has been discovered in a variety of colors, blue is the most popular. It is valued for its semi-translucency and varying light-to-dark color tones. The Kyanite is complemented by 3-and-4mm translucent gray Fire Polished Glass, which is faceted and gives off a sutble sparkle. The stones are highlighted by Sterling Silver Beads, including handcrafted 10mm Rondelle Beads on either side of the Pendant Bail, and six 8mm Sterling Silver Spiral Rounds. At the top of the Necklace the 3 strands of Kyanite transition to 3 strands of Fire Polished Glass, streamlining the silhouette and ensuring wearer comfort. The Necklace is finished with a Hammered Sterling Silver Toggle Clasp, and adorned with a Southwest Designs Sterling Charm. The piece weighs 110 grams and is 19 inches long plus the Pendant, which is 2-1/2 inches by 2-1/2 inches including the 3/8-inch Bail (when wearing, a vertical length of about 9 inches).