A stunning red cubic zirconia centerpiece is accented by a 14K gold-filled band with wire wrapping in this ring handcrafted by San Felipe Pueblo/Navajo artist Fernando Padilla.
- Ring handcrafted by Fernando Padilla (San Felipe/Navajo)
- Wire wrapped
- Red cubic zirconia
- Ring measures 1/2"" wide
- Size 6-3/4
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
Handcrafted works of Native American art require special care. For more information about proper care and cleaning, please read our Care Guide."
Fernando Padilla, Jr. is best known for his paintings of the Southwestern landscape and Pueblo life, as well as multi-dimensional artwork, sculpture, and jewelry. He was born July 29, 1958, in Huntington Park, California, to a father who was full blood San Felipe Pueblo and a mother who is Navajo and Apache. Padilla is enrolled with the San Felipe Pueblo and is listed as half San Felipe Pueblo and half Navajo. After growing up in New Mexico and Arizona, moving frequently due to his father's job with the U.S. Forestry Service, he graduated from Rio Grande High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1976. In 1978 he moved to Oklahoma to attend Bethany Nazarene College and has lived in Oklahoma ever since. His work is on permanent public display in many exhibits, including a mural in the Denver International Airport depicting Native American life during the Anasazi Period.
Many Native American jewelry artists working today are inspired by the interplay between traditional and contemporary styles. In their work they feel it is important to honor their history, heritage and culture, including the art forms and techniques passed down through generations of Pueblo families. By mixing and matching techniques, materials and themes that are contemporary and traditional, they create inspiring work that has made the modern Native American art world extremely vibrant.
Today there is a vibrant community of Native American jewelers creating contemporary styles that challenge traditional forms, techniques and materials. Some artists experimented by working in gold or using gemstones like opals and diamonds that were not typically used in Native American jewelry. Others presented Native American symbols and icons in modern, stylized ways. Though artists began experimenting in the 1950s and 1960s, it was not until the 1970s that these innovative styles were embraced by the market. Since then, contemporary styles have flourished, bringing Native American jewelry to an international audience. By pushing boundaries, contemporary artists have truly elevated the technical expertise and sophistication of Native American jewelry, bringing it to level of couture fashion and fine art.Read our Native American Jewelry Collector's Guide."
At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. Every work of handcrafted art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by an artist or buyer. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.