Monty Claw is an award-wining Navajo artist, known for his fine beadwork and tufa cast jewelry.
He is primarily self-taught – and evidently learned very well!
This unusual and handsome ring is true, tufa cast silver, with a wonderful – and unusual – stone.
The substantial shank is tufa cast into a series of slightly wavy lines, against a heavily textured background.
Decorative, but also symbolic of flowing water; a great blessing in the high desert lands of the Navajo, and so a sign of good luck.
The textured background silver is left undarkened, so the silver glistens and glitters like water.
Centered on the broad shank, an oval stone is natural Demale turquoise.
This particular stone is a speckled, mossy green/brown, very earthy in color.
It is a fine foil for the shimmering silver that refers to water, both literally, and metaphorically.
Substantial, with beautiful workmanship and choice of stone, the ring is understated, but elegant in its simplicity.
The stone is most uncommon, and together with the tufa cast design, signifies the balance and harmony of Nature.
A splendid ring, in its materials, its looks, and in its message.