Jolene is one of the most celebrated and well-known of all her gifted siblings, and the proud mother and aunt of a younger generation of award-winners, as well.
She has continued the carved stone style characteristic of her late parents, Ben and Felicita Eustace, in the 1960’s and ’70’s – but with her own brand of artistic flair and “new” stones.
Here, the deep teal teardrop is natural Turquoise Mountain turquoise, and the large carved leaf is natural, royal purple sugilite.
An unusual combination, but one often found in nature (lilac bushes, irises, etc, etc.), each stone is gorgeous on its own, and doubly so when placed side by side.
The edges of the silver base are cut and notched, following the shape of the sugilite and turquoise stones.
The bezels that support the stones also conform to their shapes, so the whole is a gracefully flowing form.
A hallmark of sorts, the silver base is also heavily textured, and antiqued in color. This is really noticeable on the back.
Warmly gleaming 18-karat gold, at the top and bottom of the ring, add contrasting color and smooth texture to the piece.
A minuscule dome of antiqued gold sits at the top, opposite the gold circle between the turquoise and sugilite.
Even the shank is hand hammered and darkened, to match the rest of the silver.
And one more, tiny round orb of 18-karat gold marks the center of the shank.
With the different, but compatible, lobed shapes, complementary and luscious stones and colors, antiqued and textured surfaces, and those shimmering gold circles, this ring is another extraordinary creation by this lovingly collected and esteemed artist.
PS Because the shank is thick, but narrow, it fits larger than the actual ring size.