Viewed from the side, the profile of this simple and elegant pin reminds one of a Mid Century rendering of a flying saucer. This may or may not be indicative of the southwest in the 1950's and 1960s. After all Roswell is close by.
Whatever the influence, this sterling piece by Frank Patania Sr, is stunning in it's simplicity.
If you aren't familiar with the Patania Thunderbird Shop, which has spanned 3 generations and 80 years creating fine art jewelry, you should check out The Patania Family and see what it's all about.
Inducted into the Smithsonian Institution's permanent collection, Patania since the 1920's, the Patania Design Line features the most sought-out designs and illustrates the distinct craftsmanship from each of the three generations: Frank Patania Sr., Frank Patania Jr., and Samuel Frank Patania.
The Smithsonian Institution
Washington DC's National Episcopal Cathedral
Museum of International Folk Art
Billy Bob Thornton
Stanley Marcus of Nieman-Marcus
Elizabeth Kimberly of Kimberly-Clark
This elegantly simple piece can be found by clicking on the photo.