A collaboration between these two mega-stars of Native jewelry, this splendid ring exhibits their absolute mastery of tufa casting and beautiful design.
Rebecca made the spectacular face of the ring, and Darryl cast the substantial, tapered band in cuttlefish bone.
The precision of their technique is rightfully a legend: look at the graceful tendrils between each petal.
Carved from crumbly, naturally compressed volcanic sand, they are barely as wide as a thread.
The pattern of shallow waves, in the tapered cuttlebone band, is flawlessly regular.
That radiant flower gleams against the darkened background. Notice that each petal is lightly etched, to give them a floral-like texture, and they are raised above the surface.
In the center is a brilliant blue, natural Morenci turquoise, surrounded by a series of circular forms that echo its shape. The rims of these little circles are raised above the petals.
This exuberant ring is designed in a series of circles and curves that are adroitly polished, or not.
Like a night-blooming flower, it seems to glow against the dark background.
No shrinking violet, this boldly beautiful flower will always stay as fresh as it is now – and will attract many deserved oohs and aahs.