A quintessential example of the collaborative artistry of these married artists. They are particularly famous for their exquisite bird designs.
Ruddell provides the silverwork and Nancy does the inlaid and etched stonework, and all of it is flawless.
Here, the oval face of the ring shows a meticulously inlaid and detailed red cardinal, amid two white, wild roses.
Of the reddest, inlaid natural coral, the bird looks so natural, you almost expect him to fly away.
Incredibly delicate etching details his feathers, wing, crest, and tail. Inlaid jet, from Zuni, forms the eye, and the dark area that defines his beak.
He is perched on a branch of the wild rose bush, but his legs are not seen, behind the blossom.
White mother of pearl forms the gracefully shaped petals, with golden brown shell inlaid in the centers.
Dark green malachite is inlaid for the leaves, with tiny red coral buds.
This realistic, beautiful, and astonishingly delicate inlay work defines the Laconsello’s work, but there is even more!
The silver oval is boxed, so there is an inlaid edge all around the ring’s face: red coral, deep blue lapis, and sky-blue turquoise – natural stones, all – form a brilliantly vibrant frame for the ring, seen only from the top, bottom, or sides.
Dainty stamping on the shank is another touch of artistry, with nicely chiseled borders.
Beautiful shapes, stunning inlay work, and lovely silverwork to complement it create another total masterpiece by this celebrated couple.
Enjoy a beautiful bird, without having to clean up!