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Pin, Oscar Betz, Turquoise, Snake, 628

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SNAKE CHARMERS. 

Known for his signature chandelier earrings, renowned jewelry artisan Oscar Betz has branched out to create a series of stamped silver snake pins adorned with turquoise stone details and center stones. They’re lightweight, sleek, and limited in production -- a fabulous way to add a little southwestern style to your hat, your bag, or your favorite jean jacket -- and an opportunity to add some unique Oscar Betz to your collection. 

 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 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
  • hallmarks: Oscar Betz, Sant Fe, NM
  • materials: sterling silver, turquoise
  • dimensions: 7 3/4" long
  • weight: 42 grams
  • contemporary
  • style: JP628
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