Melvin Francis is a Navajo silversmith who lives in the Gallup, New Mexico area. We first offered his work on our website in 2003, at which time he was beginning his smithing career. As of 2012 we've re-established contact with Melvin and he has matured as a silversmith and mastered many different styles and techniques in silversmithing.
This shape is most often used in Navajo concha belts and is called a butterfly. It's interspersed between the larger round or oval conchas on a belt. In this case, what would be the butterfly's wings are actually stamped to look like feathers, so we've called it a feather ring. But we thought we'd point out the traditional use of this shape and how it's most commonly used.
This is set with a stone of natural, untreated Chinese turquoise set in a serrated bezel and wrapped with twisted square wire. Melvin used steel wool to get a brushed finish on the silver before using an oxidizing agent to darken the Sterling and lend it an "old pawn" finish.
Hallmarked "FRANCIS" and stamped "Sterling" inside.
Stone: 9/16" diameter
Ring face: 1 1/2" x 11/16"
Width of shank in back: 1/4"
THIS ITEM MAY ONLY BE RETURNED FOR CREDIT TO BE USED ON THIS WEBSITE.