Brother of Calvin Martinez and cousin of the late Kirk Smith, who were his mentors, Rick prefers traditional styling in his jewelry.
He creates retro-styled pieces with minimal silver and emphasis on turquoise stones. His style of jewelry is also called Traditional Revival.
This ring is a wonderful example: in style and technique, it could have been made 100 years ago, but the workmanship is more refined.
Famous Natural Royston turquoise is cut into a statement-sized rectangle.
It is held by a plain bezel, set into a narrow shadow box, and surrounded by a frame of twisted silver wire.
The shank is a classic three-bar style, open at the front for comfort, and fused at the back.
All the silver is lightly antiqued, to match the old-fashioned style.
The simplicity of the silverwork allows the turquoise to take a front seat.
Timeless in design and materials, this is a beautiful piece of tradition for the 21st century.