Born in Gallup, New Mexico in 1971, Derrick Gordon is a prolific young silversmith who is the father of three daughters (the youngest born earlier in 2003). He learned to smith silver from his uncle Delbert Gordon. He is accomplished in many aspects of the trade and makes fine rings, bracelets, earrings, pins, pendants and more.
Derrick has been making this style of ring since 2009. The shank is particularly wide in front, then dramatically tapers to a much narrower width in back. Beautifully stamped and decorated with appliqueés, an oxidizing agent was used on this to develop tarnish in the stampwork to heighten the contrast between the stamped motifs and the smooth polished surfaces. This is set with a long oval of Mediterranean red coral.
Note on sizing: It is the narrow shank in back which renders this a very comfortable ring. But there is a peculiarity of sizing because of the design. So make sure you order a half-size larger than you usually wear (even in wide shank rings).
Hallmarked Derrick and stamped Sterling on the inside of the shank.
Red Coral: 3/4" x 1/4"
Width of shank in front: 1 1/16" Width of shank in back: 1/4"