Nakaii is a late bloomer to the art world. After falling in love with the arts in his twenties, he took a long hiatus to pursue a different career choice, but after more than 50 years away from it, the art called him back.
Talented with pen and ink, as well as scratchboards, this versatile artist is also a wonderful jeweler!
Living off the beaten path in Alaska with his wife, who is also an artist, materials are hard to come by, so every bit of sterling silver that he uses has been melted down from scraps and re-formed to make his beautiful creations.
In this beautiful ring, the toothed bezel, twist wire, and sterling silver drops are all made by hand, as is the shank of the ring. And while the silverwork, reminiscent of the old-style Navajo jewelry, is unique and interesting, it is the stone that really makes this piece remarkable.
The high-grade, natural New Lander Variscite is gorgeous, with bright blue areas peaking through the multi-colored matrix of the stone. The best thing about variscite is that it is relatively unknown in the jewelry world, and therefore the price cannot be beaten! But don’t worry, this is an investment that will definitely pay out as the stone is now gaining popularity with a lot of Native jewelers due to the rising costs and scarcity of turquoise.
This ring is extremely wearable, and will make the perfect accessory to any wardrobe!