Turquoise and Red Coral Ring
by Kirk Smith
About the ring
The handmade bezels of this ring hold three square turquoise stones and are surrounded by red coral beads. This piece
combines the best of the "old pawn" pieces - artistry, craftsmanship, and traditional designs. In earlier years, "old pawn" jewelry was often
considered a financial reserve for many Native American families. These handmade pieces were often pawned to meet family obligations, and
reclaimed at a later date. Those that weren't able to be redeemed were sold by the shops on the reservations.
About Kirk Smith
Rayono "Kirk" Smith was a New Mexico native of Navajo decent. He was born in 1972, and learned his craft from his
grandfather and Harry Morgan, his brother-in-law. Recently deceased, Kirk Smith's work was consisted of traditional silver jewelry,
stampwork, and concha belts.