This classic sterling silver band ring is a versatile and sophisticated design from award-winning Hopi jeweler Navaasya. Featuring sterling silver beaded details that represent corn pollen Navaasya has created a one-of-a-kind piece that shares the importance of corn in Hopi culture. Each beaded detail has been created and placed by hand onto the cast sterling silver ring. Whether serving as a classic wedding band or an elegant piece for everyday wear, this beautifully textured ring demonstrates Navaasya’s unsurpassed skill as a silversmith and the timeless beauty of his art.
- Ring handcrafted by Navaasya (Hopi)
- Sterling silver
- Ring measures 1/4”
- Size 12.5
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Navaasya is a Hopi artist who has been handcrafting jewelry for more than 40 years. He was the very first artist to receive the Best in Show award at Santa Fe Indian Market when it was created in 1977. He first exhibited his work at Heard Museum in 1973 and since then has shown his jewelry internationally. Navaasya is known for contemporary and unexpected jewelry pieces that use cast elements of food, including corn husks, potato chips and peanuts among other things. He is also known for sculptural necklaces with cast links made by hand and jewelry that incorporates sun and sunray designs.
Corn is an essential plant for Native Americans of the Southwest. For hundreds of years, it has provided sustenance in a desert region and is deeply tied to Native American culture. Many Native American traditions honor this important crop and many dances and ceremonies are prayers for a good harvest. In Navaasya’s elegant sterling silver band ring, corn is a central part of the design with beaded elements representing corn pollen. This innovative contemporary piece pays tribute to a plant that has brought life to Native American people of the Southwest for generations.
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 the 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.