Y’all… I cannot begin to Express how excited and Happy I am.
I came across a contemporary native American jewelry artist (he’s Navajo/Diné) Named Milford Calamity on of all places…tiktok, back during the summer.
I drooled over his work for months. It’s clean, edgy, very contemporary and future forward pieces that will be the collector gems of the future.
For my birthday in September, my husband surprised me with the money I needed to commission Milford for a piece.
I have always wanted a dragonfly cuff done in turquoise and purple spiny oyster.
He asked for my ideas, I sent a couple sketches his way, let him work his magic… he finished the cuff yesterday, and posted pictures today… and I’m absolutely gobsmacked. The Spiny oyster is so thick and the color so deep. He chose orange spiny for the heart of the dragonfly. And the turquoise…oof, the turquoise! I was pretty particular about natural unstabilized, and he met my request in spades… the stones he chose made my heart skip a lil bit.
Construction is: Solid sterling for the bands hammered into shape,you can see hit marks in the severe close up, hand wrought silver bezels, he cuts his own stones and shell, hand wrought silver rope work. Free hand silver bead work down the bands. Stamp work throughout and on reverse… beaded the wing ends so they won’t snag. I love the older traditional style with all my heart…but don’t forget some of these new and currently working artists…contemporary when done right, like loloma or Yazzies, is absolutely exquisite… and I really think Milford Calamity is on track for museum pieces.