Navajo Calvin Peterson created this ring featuring a 14K gold overlay bear design on a sterling silver ring shank. Please ignore the reflections seen in the gold face of the ring - the gold is very reflective and hence it was difficult to get a view of the ring face straight on.
The face of the ring is 7/8 by 5/8 and the ring weighs 13.4 grams. Size 11. Brand new and in perfection condition. Hallmarked by the artist. Gift box and Certificate of Authenticity Included with your purchase.
It has become difficult to find new work by Calvin Peterson; I have been told he has moved to Hawaii and comes back to New Mexico infrequently.
The overlay technique uses multiple layers of gold and sterling silver soldered together to create a three dimensional effect. The top layer is a handmade, hand cut overlay created from a sheet of gold that is then bonded to the base layer of sterling. The base layer background is usually oxidized, which turns the silver surface black, and is often scratched or stamped. The oxidation brings out the contrast between the two pieces and makes the individual designs more visible.