Spiny Oyster Ring
This lovely ring is a size 8 1/2 and was made by Navajo Artist Kathy Yazzie. It has a bright purple
with yellow spiny oyster. The shell is surrounded by twisted silver wire with a carved silver border.
It's marked 925 and signed KY inside the band
It measures 1 1/4 tall by almost 5/8 at it's widest point.
weight: 7.2 grams on my scale
I placed a quarter there for scale.
Spiny Oyster Shell, Spondylus Brodnip Princess, is found in the Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico.
Kathy Yazzie was born and raised in Gallup, New Mexico on the Navajo reservation. Kathy learned to make silver jewelry from her parents, both skilled artisans, too young to practice with silver she was turned loose to practice on tin, mostly old tin cans. She soon began to develop her own artistic designs and styles. Kathy's family ties have heavily influenced her artistic development. Her family stressed the importance of productivity, while insisting on high quality. Kathy worked in Gallup at a number of trading posts before moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico to work with a silver jewelry manufacturer designing and making her traditional styles. Traditional styles are her favorite type of jewelry to make. She usually starts with the turquoise stone and designs the article of jewelry around it. Therefore, jewelry of simple designs are chosen to show the turquoise to its best advantage. Occasionally she creates a number of one-of-a-kind pieces, but prefers to do the more traditional styles. The charm of Kathy's traditional style continues to enthrall jewelry buyers all over the world.
Sure to make a Fine addition to any collection, or a great gift!
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