Turquoise Zia and Thunderbird Ring
Sterling Silver and Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Zia and Thunderbird Ring By Artist Randy Montoya. This ring features sterling silver bezel set Sleeping Beauty Turquoise cabochon in the center of a Zia symbol design on a oxidized sterling thunderbirds designs. This ring is a size 7.
Randy Montoya is a silver/goldsmith from Santa Fe, NM whose ancestry in Santa Fe goes back many generations to 1890.
At 15 years of age, Randy discovered his affinity for making jewelry when he was a student at Santa Fe High School. Shortly after graduating Randy was offered a job with a local jewelry designer Douglas Magnus, catapulting his passion for jewelry design. It quickly became evident that he had a true talent and natural ability for silversmithing. With a drive to learn and a passion to succeed within 6 months he was appointed to be Douglas Magnus’ main apprentice.
18 years later he has perfected his ability to work with silver, gold, and intricate stone inlays. With an eye for design and aesthetic Randy takes on challenging projects and pushes the boundaries of his abilities which leads to beautifully created and intricate pieces. Following their own passion for silver/goldsmithing, Randy’s son Derick Montoya works alongside him as an apprentice.