Earrings, Oscar Betz, Unusual, Turquoise & Orange Spiny, Hallmark, Vintage, 651
DRAMATIC STATEMENT EARRINGS REMAIN A FOCUS FOR JEWELRY AND THIS SEASON'S FAVORITE CONTINUES TO DOMINATE CATWALKS, STREET STYLE, AND THE RED CARPET.
Santa Fe, New Mexico artist, Oscar Betz, has been a favorite of collectors and celebrities since the 1970s.
He is known for his original stone sets and one-of-a-kind jewelry and is famous for perfecting the featherweight, Southwest Chandelier earring.
These earrings are a contemporary Betz creation, featuring beautifully colored cabochons of turquoise and orange spiny oyster; each stone is hand-cut and set by the artisan. Hinged for light movement, these statement earrings have post-back closures.
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 Southwest 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 his 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
- markings: Oscar Betz, Santa Fe, N.M.
- materials: sterling silver, turquoise, orange spiny oyster
- dimensions: 1 1/2" x 2 3/4"
- weight: 33 grams
- closure: post
- nice vintage condition
- stones are secure in their settings
- no stone chips or hairline fractures
- silver has a nice patina
- light wear from use
- style number: JE651