Here is a really big deal, and a really big ring, too. Scrupulously exact silver work surrounds and sets off the beautiful spiderweb turquoise, in three rows of concentric ovals. Each row is different; each row, like the entire ring, is fabricated by hand. A hand-stamped design flanks the stone on either side.
This meticulous and skillful workmanship serves a fine, natural, domed turquoise that glows with an intense blue behind a lacy web of matrix. If this stone were from a southwest American mine it would double the price of the ring, or even more. Since it originated in Asia, it is less expensive, but formed by nature the same way as were stones in our Southwest, and it is just as beautiful.
Wilber is an older brother of our artist-in-residence, Alvin Vandever. The many Vandevers are all excellent jewelers. This ring is exceptionally well designed and executed, with a really lovely stone as its focus. It is an unusually large ring size, but can easily be sized down several sizes. Beautiful stone, beautiful design, beautifully made, and a real buy.