An older brother of our resident artist, Alvin Vandever, Wil is one of the many excellent silversmiths in that family, as is evident in this ring. The unusual stone is Damale turquoise, with a lacy pattern to the matrix, allowing the greenish-yellow of the stone to peep through, like the sun through leaves.
Meticulous silver work surrounds and sets off the stone, echoing the graceful oval in three concentric rows. Each row is different; each row, like the entire ring, is fabricated by hand. The proportions of the stone and the silver are very graceful, and flattering to the hand. The shank is tapered from the front to the back, with six cut-out bands that allow air to circulate, toward the front, and a solid band around the back.
Classic Navajo style, in a modernized form, with superior silver work, a very pleasing design, and a beautifully unusual stone. And very affordable, too!