Monty Claw is an award-winning Navajo artist ,known for fine beadwork, painting, and tufa cast jewelry.
This light and airy ring is true tufa cast silver, with a wonderful texture.
The top of the interlocking design is additionally textured, so it glistens like sugar.
Broad, but the openwork design keeps it comfortable on the finger.
At first, it seems strictly geometric, but a close look reveals that the center design resembles a butterfly – a traditional good-luck symbol.
The workmanship is outstanding: the design was carved from a crumbly slab of naturally compressed, sandy lava residue, so the precision and clarity of the lacy design is noteworthy.
It is also remarkable in the design, which resembles frozen lace, or ice crystals.
Delicate and yet, substantial, this ring combines elegance and strength.
It is lovely ring, demonstrating admirable creativity and skill in execution, which is expected from this extraordinary artist.
The design is a definite conversation piece; a statement, but a handsome, understated one.