An accomplished, self-taught Navajo silversmith, his contemporary appliquéd and overlay jewelry has garnered numerous awards and is included in important reference works about Native jewelry.
This elegant ring is in the sunburst style for which he is especially known.
It is fashioned overlaid silver, in a shadowbox setting, with a central diamond shape in 14-karat gold.
The solid surface of the gold accent glistens, standing out from the chiseled elements that surround it, and that appear on the outer edges of the ring’s face.
The straight lines of the diamond shape echo the vertical and horizontal lines elsewhere on the ring.
It also forms a handsome counterpoint to the lovely oval of the face.
The oval form is especially graceful and flattering.
Broad enough to support the ring, the shank consists of seven, openwork, narrow bands that fuse into a solid, narrower band, at the rear.
Beautifully proportioned, and with a design that incorporates a medley of chiseled lines within the whole, this ring is flawless in its fabrication, and beautifully sophisticated in its modern design.