It's easy to see why George Nakai's opulent "Treasure" jewels are the artist's most coveted designs. You simply can't take your eyes off these bold modernist forms set with vivid cabochon gemstones and loads of them! Bracelets from this series now sell in the $400-$500 range and typically feature from 9 to 12 stones. This ring isn't far behind with 7. It's also the most beautifully shaped Nakai ring I've seen. Others tend to have rectangular faces, whereas this one is lyrically asymmetrical. The stones are amethyst, garnet, emerald, citrine, turquoise, lapis and angel skin coral, so obviously you can wear it with anything. Its face is an inch tall and almost as wide, condition is marvelous and it dates, I believe, from the 1980s -- making it almost officially "vintage". Present size is about a US 6.5, which can be altered by a good jeweler at the point in back where the three graceful silver shanks meet. The ring is marked NAKAI STERLING and reached us from a Midwestern estate.
Nakai, as you may know, has earned international acclaim as a creator of finely made, high-fashion jewelry. Some of his earlier work was more typically Zuni, but it always showed his special flair for design and interest in unusual materials.
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