"Angel Skin" Coral Ring by Albert Jake (#73)


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Navajo artist Albert Jake is known for his traditional style of silversmithing and the high-quality stones he incorporates into his art. This gorgeous stone hails from the Mediterranean ocean; it is a pretty pale-pink coral known as Angel Skin. Bruce Eckhardt purchased a branch of the rough material from an Italian dealer at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in Arizona. He patiently cut and polished the high-domed cabochon and passed it on to Albert Jake. The outcome is a thing of unmistakable beauty, a classic Navajo ring containing an exceptional piece of heavenly coral.

About the artist:

Since 1959, Albert Jake has made his home in the beautiful country located about forty miles south of Gallup, New Mexico.  He was born at Zuni Pueblo and has resided in the village of Ramah for many years.  Albert’s parent taught him the many steps to fine Navajo silverwork which includes both cluster jewelry as well as beautiful stones in classic Navajo settings.

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When and how the Navajo acquired the art of working metals is unknown but there are reasons for supposing that it was introduced among them, or at least more developed and improved upon by them, since the time they have occupied their present country?

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