Like Paula Baxter states in her Dedication, I never feel “fully dressed without wearing at least one Navajo or Pueblo ring.”
In my case, sometimes I just have to wear more ! Being a Native American ring aficionado, I found this book an interesting reference.
In over 350 color photographs (taken by her husband Barry Katzen), Paula shows historic and contemporary rings made by Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Santo Domingo artists and more. The photos here in my article are not from Paula Baxter’s book – they are photos of my personal rings and some from the store where I work.
Unmarked vintage turquoise – likely Navajo
Coral by Rose Castillo Draper, Navajo
Larry Pooyouma, Hopi
Sidney Sekakuku Jr. – Hopi
Richard and Geneva Terrazas, Zuni
Morris and Sadie Laahte, Zuni
Contents of the Book
The Design and Appeal of Southwestern Indian Rings
Materials and Methods of Ring Construction
Historical Rings: Pre-Contact to 1930
Vintage Rings, 1930-1979: The Age of Experimentation
Artistic Adornment: 1980 to Present
It is in the Master Innovator section that she shows and discusses work by Dan Simplicio, Fred Peshlakai, Lee Yazzie, Charles Loloma, Jesse Monongya, Kenneth Begay and others.
Contemporary artists include Sonwai and Arland Ben to mention just a few.
Besides displaying rings in the customary silver and turquoise, there are a number of rings showing other materials including variscite, pink coral, sugilite, petrified wood, ironwood, fossilized ivory, opal, jade, azurite, fire agate as well as many other agates, jasper, tortoise shell and more.
White Buffalo Stone by Freddy Charley
Mother of Pearl by Rose Castillo Draper, Navajo
Lapis by Navajo Bennie Ration
Natural Royston Turquoise by Navajo Walter Vandever