This gifted jeweler studied at the famed Hopi Guild, and developed his own style.
He has received many honors and awards, including a coveted fellowship from SWAIA, sponsor of the Santa Fe Indian Market, and a Best of Jewelry Division prize, at Indian Market, for a splendid concho belt, a few years ago.
The celebrated precision of his work results sometimes from using dental tools, adapted and modified for his own use, as needed.
This lovely silver ring features a selection of appliqueed designs, all related to the happy balance of Nature that results in thriving crops, and bountiful harvests.
Front and center: the Sunface, surrounded by stylized eagle feathers, representing prayers for water and rain, to balance the sun.
Lined up, to the right of the center, is a row of rainclouds and falling rain.
To the left of the center Sunface, a couple of graceful cornstalks symbolize the result of rain and sun balanced together – abundance, good health and happiness.
The polished silver surfaces sparkle against the darkly oxidized silver background, which is also textured.
The lovely curves of the Sunface design, and its feathers, extend beyond the width of the band, a bit.
The top and bottom edges are cut out, following the curvy forms, which adds grace and beauty to the ring.
The artist has left a little space in back, so the ring may be sized a little, up or down.
Needless to say, the appliqueed designs are all as flawlessly achieved as they are beautiful.
A perfect union between form and function, by a notable artist, at a price everyone can enjoy.