Southwestern Indian Rings
Paula A. Baxter (Author)
With a fascinating variety of American Indian rings from the southwestern United States shown in more than 350 color photos, this book provides a design history of these rings, beginning with pre-contact artifacts and continuing through to contemporary artistic innovations. The text surveys key developments in Native American ring design; materials and methods of construction; definitions for historical and vintage rings; master innovators; and the transition from craft to wearable art since 1980. Shortly after the Civil War, Native American artisans began making silver rings set with turquoise, coral, jet, mother-of-pearl, and colored shell, adding lapis, malachite, onyx, and petrified wood over the decades. More recently, artisans began utilizing gold and such non-traditional settings as opals and diamonds, among others. Works by Navajo (also known as Dine) and Pueblo artists are featured, although Apache, Northern Cheyenne, and Sonoran Desert Native jewelers are also included. A guide to valuation issues and resources is offered for collectors. 359 color photos
About the Author
Paula A. Baxter is the Curator of the New York Public Library's Art & Architecture Collection. She is the author of the Encyclopedia of Native American Jewelry (2000) and has published numerous encyclopedic and magazine articles on design history and Native American jewelry.
- Contributor: Paula A. Baxter
- Imprint: Schiffer Publishing Ltd
- ISBN13: 9780764338755
- Number of Pages: 160
- Packaged Dimensions: 216x279mm
- Packaged Weight: 1130
- Format: Hardback
- Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd
- Release Date: 2011-10-17
- Binding: Hardback
- Biography: Paula A. Baxter is the Curator of the New York Public Library's Art & Architecture Collection. She is the author of the Encyclopedia of Native American Jewelry (2000) and has published numerous encyclopedic and magazine articles on design history and Native American jewelry.