Easter is a mere two weeks away. After a very strange year of lockdown – and if you practice Lent, a very strange start to that! Ash Wednesday was in the midst of a historic, once in a century winter storm – I think it’s safe to say we are all very much looking forward to celebrating a day that signifies resurrection, new life and new beginnings.
There’s another “resurrection” of sorts that’s worth celebrating: the revival of the unrivaled artistry of world-renowned craftsman Oscar Betz. After decades off the grid, Betz is back at his bench, crafting wearable works of art in his signature style of hand-set stone jewelry. And, by the grace of God, when he made his return to the southwestern jewelry scene, he decided to connect with us. For years, we’ve collected Oscar Betz, and now we are blessed to be collaborating with him.
So, what could be more beautiful or symbolic than combining the two? We commissioned Oscar to craft a small collection of colorful cross pins to commemorate the holy holiday. As you might (and should) expect, they are stunning. Instantly recognizable as his work, the “Oscar-obvious” pins are sterling silver crosses featuring a baker’s dozen hand-set stones, each cross having its own unique assortment and arrangement of colorful stones of turquoise and orange and purple spiny oyster.