In 2014 Darryl Becenti began experimenting with the use of appliquées as a distinct method to decorate his bracelets while invoking symmetrical patterns and adding a new element of texture to his silversmithing. While he had achieved renown many years earlier for his superior stampwork, his new use of appliquées introduced bas-relief compositions as constituent elements of decoration which rivaled his stampwork in decorative importance. While formerly his focus had been on incising stamped motifs into the cuff and darkening them with an oxidative agent, now he added small decorative cut-out pieces which rose above the surface of the cuff and were well polished. To a greater or lesser degree, this new aspect of decoration is now present in nearly all of his bracelets. Because this bas-relief work is particularly labor-intensive and time-consuming, when it dominates his pieces, it adds to their price.
Here Darryl brings his latest design elements to the sort of ring which is an appropriate companion piece to his latest bracelets. Wide in front and dramatically tapered at the back of the shank to make for extreme comfort. This ring is set with an oval of natural, untreated Sleeping Beauty turquoise from Arizona.
Hallmarked D. Becenti over an arrow in flight and stamped Sterling inside.
Stone: 5/16" x 1/4"
Width in front: 1"
Width of shank in back: 3/16"
Size 10 1/2