Bear Paw RingAaron John
A self-taught jeweler whose work is “fresh, individual, and beautifully made”, Aaron is a favorite here at Wright’s. With his willingness to push boundaries, try new things, and teach his craft to the younger generation, Aaron has made a name for himself as a rising star in the Native Art world.
Animals are a favored motif of his, and his craftsmanship and creativity are showcased here in this stunning ring.
Softly textured tufa cast silver forms the top layer of the bear paw. Carved into each claw are tiny tadpoles, a symbol of fertility and new life in Native culture. Acting as the pad of the foot is a gorgeous #8 turquoise cabochon. This turquoise is stabilized, but has not been color treated, so the stunning, toasty matrix set against the pale, blue-green stone is just as mother nature intended it to be.
The textured paw is overlaid onto another, slightly larger, piece of silver, cut to the same shape, and oxidized, so the sparkly texture of the tufa cast top layer stands out brightly.
The shank is thick, and made up of three pieces of sterling silver triangle wire soldered together at the bottom. The center piece of silver has been stamped, and the inside of the two outer pieces of silver oxidized, so the stamped centerpiece seems to glow.
The ring is a 7, but may fit a bit snugly due to the thickness of the shank.
A stunning example of power and new life, this ring is a definitely a treasure!