Master of simplicity and perfect technique, Al Joe shows he is also capable of traditional styles, too. Elected Artist of the Year, he also has many other awards for his flawless work. His consummate artistry and understated elegance of design shines through even in this neo-traditional ring.
A splendid, natural turquoise is pillowed high, and featured, just as in the original, old styles. The stone is set in a perfectly plain silver bezel, then with a twisted rope of silver set into a narrow shadowbox. The surround has a rolled edge, with a set of five little silver hogans at top and bottom.
The elements are true to the past, but the silver has been polished to gleam and twinkle, rather than dulled to an antique finish. The gorgeous stone is embraced by the silver work, which follows its form exactly, with a minimum of decoration. Even the shank is traditional, but different. Five silver bars support the stone and face of the ring, rather than three, and two of them are twisted, echoing the rope frame around the stone. As in all Al Joe’s work, this ring is reduced to the optimal elements; there is nothing too much, and nothing too little. Attention is also paid to comfort and function: the extra bands on the shank keep the ring steady.
With elegant proportions, a superior, natural turquoise, and impeccable silver work, this ring is just right for lovers of the esthetic of the past, who appreciate the skillful work and refinement of the present.