Earrings, Oscar Betz, Chandelier, Multi Stone, Turquoise & Orange Spiny, 555
Known for his original stone sets and one of a kind jewelry, Oscar Betz is most famous for perfecting the featherweight, Southwest Chandelier earring.
Despite their large scale, Betz’ earrings are easy to wear and perfectly balanced and always set with a beautiful mix of stones. Prolific in the ’70s and ’80s, Oscar’s pieces are now actively sought out and purchased by Hollywood celebrities including Liz Taylor, 7th Ave. designers including Ralph Lauren, as well as collectors of fine Southwest jewelry. His work remains in high demand today.
These contemporary chandelier earrings showcase his signature style of stonework, combining various shapes of small cabochons of turquoise and orange spiny oyster set in tiny serrated sterling silver bezels for an eye-catching two-tiered earring that’s easy to wear.
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 silversmith and has been featured in galleries, movies, and worn by many celebrities. His work is highly collectible.
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: 2 7/8" x 2 1/8"
- weight: 37 grams
- closure: post
- condition: excellent vintage condition with light oxidation and wear
- style number: JE555