Everett Jones Sunface Kachina Tufa Cast Ring .925 Navajo Handmade
Authentic Native American Handmade
100% Sterling Silver
Tufa Stone - Volcanic Rock
Everett Jones, Navajo Tribe
Product Description :
Everett Jones handmade the Sunface Tufa Cast Ring. The ring has a beautiful Sandstone finish with intricate detail and a heavy gauge shank.
Everett Jones :
Navajo artist Everett Jones is a Tufa Caster on the New Mexico Reservation. He specializes in Tufa Cast and Sand Cast Jewelry from traditional to contemporary art. He is inspired by his Native Culture using symbols and creatures such as dragonflies, butterflies, corn stalk, sunface kachina, and many others that are believed to have strong meaning in the Navajo life. Everett uses all natural stones and hallmarks his pieces with EJ.
Tufa Cast :
Tufa Cast goes back to the early 1800’s when the Spaniards taught the Navajo’s how to work with silver.In the early years before torches and gasoline in order for a silversmith to melt silver he would have to take hot coals from a fire into a small bucket.Silver coins where placed onto pottery shards that where fashioned into a crucible.The crucible then was placed into a bucket to melt which transforms into molten silver.The silver would then be poured into Tufa stone and allowed to cool.
Tufa Stone is a volcanic stone which can be found in many parts of the world, including the New Mexico and Arizona Reservation. The stone is soft which allows the silversmith to carve a design but strong enough to withstand high temperatures. The tufa stone creates a very distinctive sandstone finish and can usually only last up to two castings before the tufa becomes unusable.