Albert Jake was born in 1959 at Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico. He has been smithing silver for over fifteen years and is also a sand painter and makes pottery. We began buying Albert's pieces in 1999. He always uses fine quality stones in his work.
After receiving several requests for rings made in very large sizes, we asked Albert to make a batch of large rings for us. Albert has made this style of ring for us in the past and this ring is similar to a lighter gauge ring we recently had made. This version is different in two main ways: 1) it is made with 12-gauge Sterling; 2) it has a wider 3/8" shank that is split into four narrower bands before attaching to the ring back. This accounts for the additional cost of these rings and for the man with a big hand and large fingers, these are details well worth the price. The heavier gauge of silver gives the shank more foundational weight and the increased width of the shank makes this a "meatier" ring.
This is a large ring, both in terms of the size of the stone and the size finger it will fit. Made with heavy 12-gauge Sterling, it is set with a large stone of natural, untreated Persian turquoise cut for us by Bruce Mead. We sourced this stone as rough rock turquoise (from a gem dealer of Armenian descent who has access to such rareties) and engaged Bruce Mead to cut the stone for us. This stone is set in a 3/16" straight-edged bezel wrapped with twist wire. Arcs of raindrop wire form the top and bottom edges of the ring face. The shank is split into four bands before attaching to the ring back and deep-stamped motifs decorate the shank on each side. The Sterling has a soft matte finish as an oxidizing agent was used to heighten the contrast of the stampwork. We do not re-size these rings.
Hallmarked "A JAKE" and stamped "Sterling" inside the shank.
Stone: 1 1/16" x 11/16"
Weight of stone: 28.5 carats
Ring face: 1 3/8" x 13/16"
Width of shank in back: 3/8"