This 14 karat pendant has a biomorphic shape, leaving much to the imagination. There are veins that expand from a gathered growth point, stretching outwards and seeming to feed the shape. The veins are a smooth polish, while the background is a contrasting matte texture.
This piece is made by Ronald Hayes Pearson (1924 -96), who is an influential figure in metal smithing and modern jewelry. He regarded precious metals as a plastic medium that he could stretch or elongate into simple, elegant forms. This piece reflects his philosophy.
His modernist and abstract jewelry designs signify the vintage, retro, mid-century modern, and expressionistic forms of jewelry and accessories that evolved during the 1950s-1970s. He was a founding member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths. Pearson taught jewelry making at leading craft schools and designed flatware for major silver companies.
This pendant measures 1 3/4” long by 3/8” at the widest point. It is marked Pearson and 14K on the back and weighs 6.5 grams. This piece is full of poetic gestures, a true work of art. It would make a wonderful gift or addition to your jewelry collection!