Essentially self-taught, although there was an old-fashioned silversmith in his family, Benson is a lapidary expert who cuts fragile stones into perfect geometric shapes.
He has won many awards for his precise work, at most of the most prestigious Indian art shows in the nation.
This ring is a fine example of expert skill and a handsome color combination of natural stones, celebrating the great good luck of rain, in the high desert.
The silver frame around he inlaid face of the ring is shaped into a series of stepped shapes, which traditionally refer to rain.
Additionally, the silver is textured, so it glistens as if wet.
The circular, inlaid face of flawlessly inlaid stones looks like contemporary, abstract art. However, the colors and pattern suggest the more traditional message.
Lapis and turquoise are the colors of water and the sky; red coral symbolizes the earth and sun, and the malachite is as green as crops after rain.
In fact, the natural striations in the malachite are place vertically, so the stone resembles falling rain. Earth and sky, water and warmth; Nature is in balance.
The unusually solid shank is hand stamped with stars and a tiny mountain goat. More good luck; meat, day and night!
Beauty all around this ring, with the age-old message of good luck, happiness abundance and good health.
All this, and a show-stopper of a gorgeous ring.