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A contemporary Acoma/Laguna Pueblo, NM

coin-silver ring made from a historic 1923 American

silver “Peace” dollar by Greg Lewis

This wonderful large-sized contemporary coin-silver ring made by the renowned Acoma/Laguna Pueblo silversmith, Greg Lewis (b.1954) is a beautifully modern twist on the old-style turn of the last century Pueblo and Navajo tradition of making silver jewelry—rings, bracelets, buttons, etc.— directly from silver coins themselves.

 Greg Lewis is the proud grandson of the great Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico silversmith, Alvin Concho Lewis and he began apprenticing for him at age 15 learning to make jewelry in the old-fashioned, painstaking completely traditional way; working in heavy, cast-ingot silver or thick copper with a simple set of handmade tools. Greg’s work is refreshingly old-style, direct and always beautifully-crafted. Greg’s humble workplace studio in his native village of Paguate on the Laguna Pueblo about fifty miles west of Albuquerque is a small adobe shack containing only his forge, an old wood stove and a handmade work bench.

“The Peace dollar is a United State dollar coin minted from 1921 to 1928, and again in 1934 and 1935. Designed by Anthony de Francisci, the coin was the result of a competition to find designs emblematic of peace. Its obverse represents the head and neck of the Goddess of Liberty in profile, and the reverse depicts a bald eagle at rest clutching an olive branch, with the legend "Peace". It was the last United States dollar coin to be struck for circulation in silver. “

-Quotation source and © Wikipedia

“I enjoy showing people my methods because they reflect the traditional

ways my grandfather taught me. It is very important that these time-honored

skills be kept in the family and passed on to future generations.”

-Greg Lewis

The ring is designed to showcase the beautiful, large, historic 1923 silver coin, the famous “Peace” style silver dollar, one of the finest and most beautiful original coin designs ever produced in America. Lewis first heated the coin to red hot and hammered the back of the coin downwards to produce a slight repousseed, or bumped out curvature to the coin’s face. He then melted down a couple of additional silver coins which he cast into a carved tufa mold to form the ring’s shank. He sightly shaped and smoothed the outside edges of the shank but left the silver top and bottom surfaces unpolished so they display the roughly-textured nature of the tufa cast itself. It’s a strikingly organic, natural, almost hand-hewn effect which accentuates the smoother somewhat worn surface texture of the minted silver coin perfectly.

The ring is made on a large-scale, the ring’s silver dollar face measures 1 1/2” by 1 1/2” and the ring’s shank measures a size 11 1/2 on a professional graduated ring sizer. The ring weighs a substantial 39 grams or 1 3/8 ounces. The ring is in new original condition and it is properly signed on the inside of the shank with Greg Lewis’ customary arrowhead hallmark which he inherited from his Grandfather.

This ring is a unique contemporary piece possessed of a distinct traditional sensibility steeped in the early, classic days, methods and materials of Navajo and Pueblo silversmithing. It’s a “back to the future” sort of piece if you will, which while new, could for all intents and purposes have easily been made well over a century ago. It’s a new/old classic, timeless in its beauty and appeal. It’ll bring you peace and contentment, a rare gift.

Price $275

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Greg Lewis, at left, and his son Dyaami Lewis, at right.

The “Peace” Silver Dollar