Rodeo bull-rider, horse breeder and trainer, college graduate, activist protecting Native jewelry from foreign imitations and home-grown fraud, Shane is a major award-winner for his own work, as well.
He is known for his exquisite silverwork, and fine quality stones, so this striking, contemporary ring is a stylistic departure -at least in the front.
The shank of this dramatic statement is precisely and beautifully engraved, as much of his recent work has been.
Even here, though, the artist has created a modern setting for this glistening, silverwork: the shank is a rounded square on the outside, and an ergonomic circle on the inside, to hug the finger.
Dipping into a v-shape on either side of the long, elegant face, the silver shank is left plain at the front, so it gleams and glitters.
Ah, the long, elegant face of the ring! Impeccably inlaid, a narrow column of natural turquoise, red-orange spiny oyster shell, and mahogany obsidian – all-natural – is encased in polished silver.
There is one little silver streak, separating two pieces of turquoise, in the middle.
The colors are vibrant, with the rich teal of the turquoise classically complemented by the orange spiny oyster shell, and punctuated by the one piece of mysteriously dark, mahogany obsidian.
All the stones are hand-cut, as well as natural.
From the front, the ring is uniformly contemporary in style; if you wear it on your index finger, the engraved shank will be revealed.
The exquisitely detailed flowers on the shank will be seen to shimmer like brocade, at the side.
An unexpected pairing of contemporary style and more traditional silverwork, this ring is flawless in both.
Easy to wear, and fabulous on the finger, this ring shows Shane Hendren at his super-star best and will show you as a connaisseur of wearable art.