Leo Yazzie is a veteran award-winner, well-known for the quality of his stones and his exceptional workmanship. He often works in gold, so an all-silver piece is unusual as well as beautiful. Classic style, extraordinary workmanship, and impeccable materials characterize the work of this long celebrated artist.
The stepped overlay pattern of this exquisitely fashioned ring signifies rain and the beautiful dark blue lapis, water. Rich red coral represents the earth, so this piece contains the Navajo ideal of balance in nature. More coral and clear ivory are inlaid in the sides. All the stones are natural, of course – he wouldn’t work with anything less. The shank complements the face of the ring, with a cut-out, stepped design and light texture.
The whole piece is an elegantly understated interplay of perfect proportions, angles, and colors. This can be worn anywhere, anytime, and will always be in elegant, but not formal, good taste.