Nakaii is a late bloomer in the art world. He first fell in love with the arts in his twenties, then 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.
Here, he has made an old-style statement ring with a #8 Turquoise cabochon set in a shark-tooth bezel.
#8 is one of the Turquoise mines famous for its specific look. The mine produced some of the largest nuggets of Turquoise ever discovered. Almost all the Turquoise produced is of the spider web type, with the matrix varying from golden brown to black. The colors grade from very light blue to very dark blue, some with interesting tints of green.
Every aspect of this ring is “vintage” in style, from the aforementioned bezel to the various-sized round “drops” above and to each side of the bezel, and the three-wire split shank. Nakaii uses the designs and techniques from his childhood and is one of the few still designing and fabricating his jewelry in this way.
This ring is extremely wearable, and will make the perfect accessory to any wardrobe!