Ronald Hayes Pearson (1924 -96) is an influential figure in metalsmithing and modern jewelry. He regarded precious metals as plastic substances to be stretched or elongated into simple, elegant forms. This 14 karat gold fish pendant clearly reflects that philosophy. The clean curving lines ending in flowing points delineate the fishes form, even suggesting a skeletal outline in beautiful poetry. The pendant measures 5/8 inches wide x 2 3/4 inches long. It is marked Pearson and 14K on the back and weighs 5 grams.
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.