Internationally renowned and collected, Jake Livingston is a top award-winner at home, too.
Navajo through his mother, he learned Zuni techniques from his renowned jeweler father, and his uncle, Dennis Edaakie.
This stunning ring combines the skills of his dual heritage, in an exceptional way.
The Navajo tradition for spotlighting splendid stones, and precise stamp work on silver, is obvious right away; flawless inlay work, a la Zuni tradition, is noted afterward.
Both, together, create a fabulous ring that showcases a magnificent, natural, large lapis stone.
Impeccably regular and exact chiseling forms the silver bezel around the lapis, followed by a narrow band of equally meticulously inlaid stones.
On each side of the large lapis, tiny squares of natural red coral, bright turquoise, and more lapis flank a rectangle of glittering, 14-karat gold.
At the top and bottom of the space-blue stone, only matching lapis is inlaid.
The silver shank of the ring is just as carefully fabricated.
Wide, to support the dazzling stone, it is fastidiously hand-stamped in a row of beautiful, Navajo motifs.
Since the shank is wide, it will feel tighter on your finger than a narrow band of the same size.
Impeccable workmanship, materials, and design together validate this artist’s many awards and high reputation – in a superbly beautiful way.