Robert Chee grew up in a doubly traditional, matriarchal household with his cousin, the noted jeweler Harry Morgan, and his mother, as well as Robert’s own mother and nine siblings.
Cousin Harry was his jewelry tutor, and Robert has become a specialist in cast silver, and hand stamping.
He enjoys perpetuating the old styles in his own way, as in this beautifully delicate ring.
The sand cast silver is large and solid, but appears as gossamer as a spiderweb, thanks to the openwork design.
Dainty scallops along the edge, are carefully hand stamped into a circle, and minutely chiseled, adding to the lacy look.
Set into the center is a premium, natural, gorgeous blue Morenci turquoise.
(We think the artist must have a cache of fine stones hidden in his workshop, because turquoise of this quality is hard to come by – especially at less than a ransom’s price – nowadays.)
Like delicate lace, but solid as the stone, this ring is expertly fabricated by hand, as it has been done for decades.
A traditional look, coupled with exacting workmanship and the artist’s own lovely interpretation.