Item #881H- Men's Heavy Navajo Spiderweb Turquoise Silver Beads Tufa Cast Ring by Stanford Yazzie Sz 11

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Item #881H- Men's Heavy Navajo Spiderweb Turquoise Silver Beads Tufa Cast Ring by Stanford Yazzie Sz 11

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NEW! Bold heavy Navajo turquoise silver decorated tufa cast ring. Tufa casting is similar to sandcast, but the silversmith uses the readily available volcanic rock found in New Mexico and Arizona. The raw volcanic rock is what gives the “textured” appearance where the silversmith carves a design into the rock and pours molten silver into the casting. The volcanic rock is soft and the artist is usually lucky to get one pour from the cast without it breaking. With that said, most tufa cast jewelry is considered one-of-a-kind. This particular ring once the artist removed it from the casting and formed it into a band he’s filed and polished the outer band making it appear to be three (3) rails of carinated wire, but is actually one piece. The artist then has mounted a beautiful kidney shaped cut and polished blue-green turquoise nugget that sports brown spiderweb matrix with blue nodes from the Number 8 Mine. Setting the stone into a deep smooth silver bezel, he finishes decorating by adding two (2) large silver drops on both sides of the stone.

The ring face measures 13/16” by 1/2” across the stone with the band being 7/16” wide. It weighs a hefty 21.8 grams and is a size 11. It’s hallmarked SY by Navajo silversmith Stanford Yazzie. Bold thick one-of-a-kind tufa cast silver ring with beautiful Number 8 Mine turquoise nugget! $259.95