Gold-plated leather braided pendant bracelet, 'Mexican Skulls in Blue' (Mexico)

Mexican artisan Diego Ortiz combines the elegance of gold with the down-to-earth qualities of leather as he crafts an excellent pendant bracelet. Leather in a blue tone is braided by hand and accented with gold-plated brass end caps; the pendant consists of a pair of gold-plated brass skulls which are crafted by hand and are placed skull to skull, a reference to the Mexican tradition of laughing at and celebrating death which "butts heads," so to speak, with the usually somber tone reserved for the subject. The bracelet closes with a hook clasp, and all of the metal surfaces shine with a brilliant high polish finish.