I’ve finished my companion piece to the new Gentleman ring. This one has been a long time in the making and really just hinged on me finding a place that could supply the right kind of gemstone. I had very specific requirements for this and I’m happy to say I’ve cracked it wide open.
I bought a square turquoise stone ring on an indian reservation outside of Tucson once and I thought it was just hte coolest freakin’ thing I’d ever seen. The ring wasn’t made very well and broke after about a year of daily wear, but I always loved the shape of it – the flat sculptural planes around the bezel caught the light and the stone was a pale blue, not that childish cloud-blue that you see in so many of the crappy turquoise rings you can buy online. The stone was so pale that in the sun, it took on a ghostly effect.
I spent a lot of time looking for its equal and…yep, you guessed it…..nobody made ’em.
Unless you like this shit:
Just like I was complaining about on my previous post, there’s no care at all taken with how the stone and the ring interact. It’s a dinner plate filled with crappy stone just clumsily soldered onto a tiny band. Why don’t you just glue the f’king thing to your finger? Or how about duct taping a poptart to the back of your hand?
So enter the Kingman turquoise. This stuff is coming out of the Cerbat mountains north of Kingman Arizona.
I’m working directly with the miners and processors on this one. They’re producing a 18x25mm turquoise rectangle in the exact color I wanted. Not cheap, by any stretch of the imagination, but they had exactly what I was looking for.
And it’s not like its easy to mine. Or work with. It’s a delicate stone compared to onyx or agate and so much of the stuff you see on the market is fake or artificially dyed for the morons who like their jewelry to look like its made of plastic or think it makes perfect sense to be able to buy a ring for 45 bucks.
Anyway, access to the right stones is going to let me finally create an improved version of the ring I’ve always loved.
There’s a skull on either side and a femur bone connects the two across the back of the shank overlapping a single eye.
She’s not small either. That stone is 25mm tall, so this is a nice, comfortable, but substantial ring. To me it embodies the real west. The Blood Meridian west. All american made with legit AZ turquoise mined and processed a mere seven miles from the mountain. And then shipped to yours truly to make THE square turquoise signet that we all deserved, but could never find.
The Leonids and the Gentleman. Yep – my two gemstone offerings. They’re both rolling out this Fall and will go $495 to your door, at least for a little while. The Leonids may be a limited run since the supply of stones is..well…limited.