A Shawnee, her Plains tribe is not noted for jewelry. However, this remarkable jeweler spent her childhood in New Zealand, and all over the world, absorbing many different influences.
As well, she received formal lapidary training at the Institute of American Indian Arts, in Santa Fe.
That gives her work a truly universal appeal, but she brings her own, one-of-a-kind, feminine and eclectic style to her beautiful work.
This ring showcases her hallmark “brushed” silver style., which plays a supporting role to the gorgeous natural tourmaline that is set up front.
Cut and faceted by the artist’s own hand, the sparkling, translucent gem looks like a glorious sunset.
A mellow, golden hue at the bottom (0r top), shades to a band of fiery orange, and ends up a rich red, at the other end.
Her brushed silver technique is exhibited on the silver that embraces the stone, and on the shank.
Around the stone, the brushed silver is lightly chiseled into a wave-like pattern that evokes rainfall.
Tiny, polished domes of silver are set asymmetrically, at both ends of the oval stone, like drops of water.
The shank is very delicately incised with dainty arabesque curves that also suggest water – or simply, gracefulness.
Diamond-shaped facets add sparkle to the sublimely beautiful coloration of the stone, which is natural.
An out-of-the-box ring by an out-of-the-box artist, sure to bring enjoyment to you, and admiring comments to onlookers.