J1529 Aaron John Sterling silver overlay Corn plant by Navajo silversmith Aaron John. The 3/4” x 1” ring is on a 1/2” band with a hogan and sheep overlay. Turquoise and coral rounds compliment the corn plant. Size: 7 3/4
Aaron is a self-taught silversmith. He started working with silver 20 years ago when he found the key to his father’s silversmith tools. His work is fresh, exciting and exquisitely made. Favorite designs include overlay dragonflies, hummingbirds, and other graceful creatures, interspersed with colorful inlay stone in turquoise, coral & black jade, which are the colors of light reflecting off water as it moves under the sun.
About the artist
Aaron John is from Fort Defiance on the Navajo reservation.
At the age of 16, having seen his Dad's tool box every day at the end of the hall in the family house, he finally found the key and opened it up. To his delight he found all of his Dad's jewelry making tools. Little by little he taught himself how to use them. Over the years when Aaron had time he would treat his in-laws with jewelry for Christmas and birthdays.
Four years ago Aaron retired from having been a coal miner for 22 years. He took up silversmithing full time and is fast becoming one of the top new artists today.
He has incredible detail in his work, and uses great stones. He is a self-taught jeweler, like many others but unlike many, his work is fresh, individual, and beautifully made. Favorite design motifs involve overlaid dragonflies, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other graceful creatures, interspersed with small coral and turquoise stones.