The tufa cast jewelry method was employed in the creation of this dynamic ring by Joel Pajarito of Kewa Pueblo. His grandmother is renowned jeweler Mary C. Lovato, and many of his family members, including his father Anthony Lovato, are award-winning artists.
After cutting a tufa stone in half, smoothing out both surface sides, carving a sprue hole on top, then carefully carving out this hand and Corn design, Joel poured in molten sterling silver to form this magnificent ring. The energizing Kingman turquoise cabochon acts as a head to the hand element, which can represent creativity and unity. Flower and bird motifs were also worked into this ring size 9 3/4. The hand-shaped station is about 1 1/2" long, while the band stylishly tapers from 1/2" to 3/8". Signed by the artist.