Corrugated Natural Turquoise Ring
Son of Master jeweler Al Joe, Bryan has silversmithing talent ingrained in his DNA. His work is clean and creative, already garnering prizes.
He is a master of casting and delicate texturing, in his silver work, and he always uses natural turquoise stones of high quality.
This show-stopping ring features a fabulous, large, natural Pilot Mountain turquoise, which forms in hard veins with color ranging from bright blue to dark blue with a greenish cast. The matrix is typically composed of dark brown limonite mottled patterns. Most Pilot Mountain turquoise is called “grass roots”, meaning the best deposits are found within ten feet of the surface.
This particular stone is one of the beautiful, bright blue specimens, with a dramatic slash of matrix that turns the turquoise into a modern painting.
A bezel of deeply chiseled silver embraces the graceful stone, without deflecting attention from its glorious color.
The shank is an unusual design that the artist is fond of: a palisade of textured ribs.
They form a simple, but striking, pattern that echoes the vertical lines chiseled into the bezel.
Look inside, and you see that each rib has been pushed out of a substantial sheet of silver. Each one is textured, on the exterior.
The indented areas of the shank have been darkened, which accentuates the three-dimensional effect.
The stone is spectacular, the silverwork is deferential to the turquoise but just as robust and uncommon.
Continuing along the path blazed by his famous father, this young artist is paving it with his own, fascinating designs.
We can’t wait to see what he next brings us.