Thistle Brooch

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Inspired by a large thistle I encountered mountain biking in the Nevada desert, I designed this 2.5" x 2" heavy silver brooch with charoite and Wyoming jade. Charoite is approximately 7/8" x 7/8" and jade is 5/8" diameter.  I cut the chariot with the fibers radiating upward to reflect the thistle's growth habit. Silver body is textured using vintage Navajo stamps I purchased from a pawn shop in Santa Fe. Small silver balls add dimension at the bottom of the flower as does the serrated bezels.