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A splendid, Hopi silver, gold and turquoise

ring by Verma “Sonwai” Nequatewa, 2017

The term “Eye-dazzler” is usually used to refer to a certain type of Navajo textile woven in multiple colors and complex patterns to “dazzle” the eyes, but we are using it here to denote the sheer visual impact of this spectacular Sonwai ring. Its size, its beauty, its luscious, large turquoise stone, the clean expanse of beautifully-crafted precious metals, the pleasing contrast between the gleaming silver and rich gold all contribute to the sensation of your eyes being completely dazzled.

Verma “Sonwai” Nequatewa’s jewelry is incomparable. Trained by her Uncle, the brilliant, ground-breaking Hopi Jewelry artist, Charles Loloma, from her teenaged years beginning around 1968, Verma is one of the great classic artists of Native America with a formidable body of extraordinary work over the past five decades and she is still going strong today at nearly 70 years of age. In October, 2018, The Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona recognized her exceptional body of work with a major retrospective exhibition entitled “Sonwai: The Jewelry of Verma Nequatewa.” We are proud to say that we were lenders to this exhibition.

The impressively-sized ring measures 1 3/4” in length and is about 1” wide across the face. It measures a size 7 on

a professional graduated ring sizer, but because of its uniquely shaped shank will fit fingers ranging from size

7 to 8 1/2. The ring features a gorgeous, large, high-domed, blue-green Royston, Nevada turquoise stone set in a lovely gold serrated bezel. In another very interesting and graceful touch, the double layered base of the ring’s shank is accented with gold lending a very nice contrast and richness to the design. The ring weighs a satisfying and extremely comfortable 39 grams or 1 3/8 ounces. It is in pristine original condition and it is properly signed “Sonwai” in Verma’s customary signature on the interior and it is also marked with her hummingbird insignia.

This ring is the very epitome of elegance and style; an “occasion” piece which basically makes every time and

every place you wear it a special occasion, a sensational-looking and perfectly-crafted piece of precious jewelry

by one of the greatest Native American artists of all time.

Price $5,950

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Verma Nequatewa receiving guests at the opening of

The Heard Museum’s Sonwai exhibition, October, 2018