Chandilier Mother oF Pearl


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Oscar Betz is a master of his craft, we all know that, and these bold beauties have really taken our breath away. The color combination and sleek inlay of the hand-cut and hand-set stones are truly a testament to his genius. Created using virant cabochons of turquoise, mother of pearl, and orange and purple spiny oyster, this pair may or may not have been specifically designed to complement an upcoming collection… *wink wink*

Oscar Betz moved to  Jerome, Arizona sometime between 1967 and 1979.  He was among the hippies, renegades, freethinkers, and artists who relocated to Arizona’s richest copper mining city during those years.  Many of his later years were spent in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  He is now recognized as a renowned Navajo Silversmith.  His work has been featured in galleries and movies, and also worn by many celebrities.  His work is highly collectible.

Oscar Betz’s work was most prominent in the 1970s and 1980s.  His pieces were actively sought out and purchased by Hollywood celebrities as well as collectors of fine one-of-a-kind handmade Indian jewelry.  He was one of the first Southwest artists to use many different stones together in one piece of jewelry.  Oscar’s work remains in high demand today.  Sought after by the likes of Ralph Lauren in the early ’90s.  Oscar crossed over into the fashion world with is remarkable jewelry.  Part of the popularity of the Betz earrings was that for their size they are well balanced and easy to wear.  Designs are set on 2 part silver frames that are hinged.

Oscar Betz (1954-; Anglo), Stone sets; stamp work.

Mark: Oscar Betz (script)

  • artist: Oscar Betz
  • affiliation: Anglo
  • markings: Oscar Betz, Sterling Silver
  • materials: sterling silver, turquoise, orange spiny oyster, mother of pearl
  • dimensions:  3 1/4" x 2"