Called “the best woman jeweler working now” by one of her highly reputed peers, Jennifer Curtis learned the art of award-winning silversmithing from her famed father, the late Thomas Curtis. Her incredibly precise filing is reminiscent of her father’s, but she designs with her own flair.
This ring is a contemporary throwback to classic Navajo jewelry design: the silver work, precise, substantial and beautifully done, is merely a complement to the magnificent, natural Carico Lake turquoise from Nevada.
The characteristic green hue is accented by a delicate network of matrix that looks like an aerial map of Europe. In a knock-’em-dead size, color and quality, the superb turquoise needs no embellishment, and is surrounded only by a hand-cut, silver dentil bezel and narrow frame.
The sterling shank is exceptionally robust, to best support the large stone. Continuing the style of the ring, it, too, is a contemporary version of the classic open bar shank; instead of three bars, there are eight! After three chiseled lines, the rest of the shank is solid, allowing for re-sizing.
Less is more, here, and the celebrated artist has reined in her expertise in silver work to best display the splendid turquoise. A rare, opulently large, natural American turquoise in a timeless setting by a notable artist; destined to be a prized heirloom in the future.