This fantastic handmade sterling silver and turquoise ring was created by Navajo silversmith, Delbert Gordon. Delbert Gordon was born in Fort Defiance, Arizona in 1955 and he is one of best Navajo artists around. He makes wonderful pieces of Navajo art. He specializes in old pawn style jewelry with beautiful hand stamped designs and natural stones.
This heavy sterling silver ring has a natural Royston stone set in a deep gallery bezel surrounded with twisted silver rope. The silver-work on this ring is simply outstanding! Royston turquoise is one of my favorite stones because of its incredible blue-green color and wonderful reddish-brown matrix.
The ring measures 1 inch wide at the front, narrowing to 3/8-inch wide at the back and weighs a hefty 34 grams. It is extremely comfortable to wear and the wide band prevents the ring from turning around on your finger. The back is stamped sterling and has Delbert's unique hallmark. Authenticity card and gift box included. Size 10-1/2.
Royston turquoise is known for its beautiful colors ranging from deep green to rich, light blues set off by a heavy brown matrix. The Royston district is still producing some turquoise of high quality, but in limited amounts.
This mine produced a lot of turquoise that would form in the mother rock in nodules, and when cut would show these formations against the mother rock. The host rock had beautiful shades of light to dark brown.
Delbert Gordon is a self-taught silversmith and goldsmith. He has been a teacher of other silversmiths, including his nephew Derrick Gordon.