This famous artist, celebrated for his generous mentoring as well as for his prize-winning work, has given the unexpected materials center stage.
The silver work is kept to a supporting role in this handsome ring.
The palette is rich with color, the design is simple and geometric, the stones are quite far from ordinary, the proportions are dramatic, and the result is a brilliant piece of jewelry.
Velvety, dark green jade sets the tone of quiet elegance, with a geometric design of other, unusual stones around it.
Two streaks of 14-karat gold border a band of natural red coral and a horizontal band of black jade, sparking all the adjacent colors.
On the right side, the top is graced by a handsomely webbed calcasiderite – a close cousin of turquoise – with a luminous blue chalcedony at the bottom.
The silver shank is tapered and shaped, with a pleasing, rumpled texture.
Chalcedony, calcasiderite, jade; not the usual materials found in Native jewelry. Duane Maktima, like other leading artists, likes to explore the use of rare and unusual stones.
Chalcedony was a favorite of the ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. A naturally refined form of quartz, it has been the stone most used by engravers, for centuries.
It comes in several luminous hues; here it is a dream-like silvery blue.
Jade has been used for jewelry for thousands of years, especially prized in Asia. It comes in a range of greens, white and black.
Natural red coral is now among the most prized of all natural stones and shells, owing to its increasing rarity.
Sleek, elegant, and radiating understated opulence, this beautifully shaped and magnificently designed ring is a sure show-stopper.
It can accommodate casual sweaters, chic suits and dinner dresses with equal aplomb.
Pair it with coordinating earrings by the same Master artist (elsewhere on this site) for a total look of discreet but stylish luxury.