Pin, Novelty, Black Moonstone, Butterfly, Hallmark Lovato, Vintage 1996, 452
Oh my, moonstone! Crafted by the late Sam Lavato (a jewelry artisan known for his shell inlay, leaf applique, overlay, and his simple silver necklaces), this beautiful butterfly pin features nine cabochons of moody moonstone that feel almost cosmic, set in simple sterling silver bezels and accented with sterling silver drops and twisted-wire antennae.
Sam Lovato (1935-1999); Kewa). Shell inlay; plain silver necklaces; earrings; leaf applique; overlay; set stones. Father of Ed Lovato (not active).
Marks: S (embedded in an arrow): S L (conjoined)
Christopher’s Enterprises, Inc. (shop). Owners Deborah and Christopher Cates (?-2012) represented silversmiths including Perry Shorty, Ed Lovato, Don Lucas, Oscar Betz, and Brihilda & Frank Coriz.Mark: pictograph
- artist: Sam Lovato (deceased) for Christopher Enterprises
- markings: S (embedded in an arrow) Pictograph, 1996 with shop mark for Christopher Enterprises
- materials: sterling silver, black moonstone
- dimensions: 2" x 1 1/4"
- weight: 10 grams
- closure: locking c-clasp
- condition: very nice vintage condition
- style number: JP452