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A spectacular pair of silver, turquoise and hand-blown

stained glass earrings by Eveli Sabatie, circa 1970-72

Even by the extremely high standards of Eveli Sabatie’s unusual and distinctive jewelry work, these earrings are out of this world beautiful. They have a marvelous and completely original composition, beautifully combining Native American influences and materials Eveli learned during her close apprenticeship with the renowned Hopi jeweler, Charles Loloma, with earlier North African, Arabic, French and Spanish influences from the elaborate and colorful, inlaid mosaics and tiled floors and the exotic carved woodwork she saw around her during her childhood and young artistic life in Algeria and Morocco.

The general shape of the earrings is that of the Native American “Morning star” or four-pointed, contoured star design, delineated by a finely inlaid, complex, beautifully-beveled panel composed of 17-18 separate pieces of different types of turquoise. Surrounding this inlaid turquoise panel is an elaborate and even more complex perimeter border of carved and filed silver work with floral motifs which bears a distinctively Moroccan appearance. Possibly, the most interesting feature of all are the earrings large diamond-shaped central panels which are composed of purplish-pink pieces of handblown stained glass, a completely unexpected and absolutely delightful touch. How this came to be is an interesting story. Eveli made these earrings for the stained glass artist, Mary Myers, who created the stained glass windows in Charles Loloma’s home and the Loloma studio where Eveli then worked in Hotevilla Village on the Hopi Third Mesa.

The earrings measure 2 1/4” in height and 2 1/8” in width and have a drop length of 2 3/4". They weigh a substantial, yet very wearable, 21 grams or 3/4 ounce each. They are in excellent original condition overall. There is a tiny chip in one of the stained glass panels. Both earrings are properly signed “Eveli” on the back.

Eveli Sabatie’s work is currently the subject of a beautiful and comprehensive retrospective exhibition at Santa Fe’s Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian which runs through January, 2017. For a link to this exhibition, please click here. We have already visited the exhibition several times, and, in our opinions, these earrings are every bit as creative and beautiful as any other piece on display there. We have been buying and selling Eveli Sabatie’s work for over 30 years now, and, in that time, we have had only 16 of her pieces. (They are not easy to come by, to say the least.) In our personal opinions, these wonderful earrings are among the best and most interesting of those we have had.

Price $6,950

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