Calvin Martinez is consistently one of our favorite ringmakers and excels in every one of his smithing endeavors. He is a master of Navajo Traditional Revival jewelry, but also integrates a variety of design elements in some pieces of his work.
Known as a "cigar band" ring, this one-piece shank, widest at the stone and smoothly tapering to 1/4" width in the back, is the essence of simplicity in styling and comfort. In this case, Calvin rolled out his ingot silver to a thicker, heavier gauge than he usually uses to make such rings. He set an oval stone of natural, untreated Turquoise Mountain turquoise in this handmade notched bezel and wrapped it with twisted square wire, adding four raindrops to mark the intermediate directions around the stone. This is an exquisite ring; heavy, set with a fine stone in a beautifully worked ingot setting.
Hallmarked C.MTZ inside an arrowhead and stamped Navajo and Sterling inside the shank.
Stone: 11/16" x 7/16"
Width of ring at stone: 1"
Width of shank in back: 1/4"