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STERLING SMOKEY QUARTZ RING DESIGNED BY FRANK PATANIA JR.

STERLING SMOKEY QUARTZ RING DESIGNED BY FRANK PATANIA JR.


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ANDREA FATELL
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A stunning, big, bold sterling ring with smokey quartz designed by second generation jeweler Frank Patania Jr. but apparently made later ( after Sam Patania took over the Tucson Shop) as indicated by the "V" under the Frank Patania hallmark. According to the history of Patania hallmarks on Frank Patania Jr.'s website -" In 1999 Sam devised two other hallmarking systems. To designate work previously designed by FP Sr. and Jr. but made recently, he added the letter “V” for “vintage” to indicate this was an old design." Frank Jr. designed this ring c. 1965 and it is called the "Cathedral Ring". ( See Figure 2 Part II of Shari Watson Miller's article PATANIA: 70 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE on modernsilver.com) . The ring is a size 6 1/2 and in fine original condition with no chips or cracks to the stone. The face of the ring measures 3/4" long and 1/2" wide. Weighing 17 grams, it sits high off the finger at 1/2". Signed as shown. A terrific Modernist design.