Crafted by renowned Zuni jewelry artisan, the late Dan Simplicio (1917-1969), this vintage pin dates back to the 1950s. The piece incorporates several of Simplicios signature elements, including the use of rough nugget stones, leaf applique, and decorative sterling silver drops. The large pin features a semblance of a silver leaf, accompanied by a polished “twig” of red coral, and three blue-turquoise nuggets, set in serrated bezels and interspersed with sterling silver “sunburst” discs, arranged in an openwork design.
Simplicio was taught the art of silversmithing by his uncle, renowned artisan Juan de Dios. Simplicio worked with C.G. Wallace at Zuni during the 1940s, and later with John Kennedy at the Gallup Indian Trading Company. His work is highly collectible.
Dan Simplicio (1917- 1969; Zuni). Active 1920s-1969. Traditional; cluster work; leaf applique; decorated teardrops; channel inlay; casting; stamp work; jewelry, hollow-ware; silver, gold; turquoise and coral nuggets or twigs. Works in nugget-style in the 1940s with C. G. Wallace at Zuni, and later with John Kennedy at the Gallup Indian Trading Company. Nephew of Juan de Dios who taught silversmithing to Simplicio.
Marks: D S and five-point star; five-point star (star stamp used in the late 1960s)