“Carl and Irene Clark are among the greatest Indian jewelers in history.” That’s the definitive statement of a leading reference work on Native jewelry.
The fame of their incredibly tiny, mosaic inlay pieces is world-wide; their work is proudly exhibited in museums, cited in reference works, and worn by individuals, world-wide.
This ring is a lovely example of their unbelievably tiny mosaic work, plus fine “normal” silver work.
They are famed for manipulating infinitesimal bits of high-quality, natural stones into portraits of Ye’is, Navajo spirits.
Here, the centerpiece of the ring is just such a remarkable work of inlay.
Every bit is cut and inlaid: the eyes, mouth, feathers, and horizontal, linear breastplate of jet; the myriad tiny squares and rectangles of coral, lapis, mother of pearl, and turquoise, that form the rest of the piece.
Held by a gleaming box of silver, this extraordinary inlaid rectangle is set on a shank of hand-stamped silver, with a trio of brilliantly red, natural coral stones on either side of the center.
Daintier than some of their pieces, this ring is unmistakably the work of these masters.
In terms of style, design, execution and materials, this ring is up to the highest standard of the Clark’s legendary work.
A museum piece you can wear and enjoy, now!