This one-of-a-kind sterling silver and gemstone pin was made by David Navarro (1928 - 2015).

Navarro was a 1970s rebel designer of unique and, innovative jewelry. (Bio below.)

This Navarro pin is true wearable art. Its components are genuine sterling silver, chrome, red jasper and other stones.

The top plaque is etched and hammered chrome-like metal. Attached to the plaque is a large red jasper stone. Below are 8 dangles that combine sterling silver beads and charms with several other natural stones.

The pin measures 1 1/2 inches across the top. It's 5 inches long. The back has a secure deep ~C~ clasp and is signed with the NAVARRO script hallmark. The pin weighs 59.3 grams.

Under magnification, you can see some surface cracks in the jasper stone...most likely the result of attaching the stone. It's not very discernible and doesn't seem to effect the integrity of the piece. It's solidly attached and 'caged in.

Overall in excellent vintage condition. Circa 1970s. And here's a short bio about Navarro from his 2015 New York Times obituary.

DAVID NAVARRO POTTER, revered and respected designer of unique, innovative jewelry, died at his home in San Francisco, California on September 10, 2015 at 87 years old. David Bernard Potter was born in Palm Beach, Florida on June 3, 1928 to Richard and Helen Bunker Potter, members of a founding family of Palm Beach.

Leaving the confines of the ultra conservative life in Palm Beach, David decamped to New York City in 1960. An original 'free spirit', David threw himself into a bohemian lifestyle that was Manhattan at the time. He opened a found objects and collectibles shop in the East Village aptly named "Beyond Perceptions". His love for collecting beautiful people and beautiful things was featured in Town and Country magazine in 1972. While in New York, he also studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse, modern dance with Martha Graham, created interiors for Bette Davis' residence, while developing a penchant for palm reading.

Sensing an excitement not to be missed in San Francisco, David, with his wife Beverly Miller, and two young daughters, Francine and Jennifer, embarked on a new chapter. David's passion for design manifested in the founding of Navarro Alternatives. David designed one of a kind, never seen before jewelry, while Beverly ran the business, and together they became the unexpected darlings of Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, I. Magnin, Barney's New York, Henri Bendel and many fine specialty stores. His revolutionary signature design was a circle and point closure for his "Swept Away" collection, inspired by the film of the same name, directed by Lina Wertmuller in 1974. Today, this design is known as a Toggle Clasp, adopted by an infinite number of designers who followed in his renegade footsteps. Navarro Alternatives is worn by numerous celebrities and prominent socialites and featured in key publications, such as Women's Wear Daily, W Magazine, Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, among others. Navarro also designed art and sculpture, sold his work privately, and showcased in galleries, including the Rizzoli Gallery in San Francisco in the early 1990's.

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ITEM ID
RL10270
TYPE
Designer, Signed
COLOR
Red, Silver
ITEM SIZE
1 1/2 inches across by 5 inches long
ITEM TYPE
Vintage
MATERIAL
Sterling Silver, Silver, Stone, Jasper

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