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"Gold ‘n’ Lapis ring" by Art Smith

Catalog Data

Created by:
Art Smith, American, 1917 - 1982  Search this
Worn by:
Roosevelt Van Williams, died 1977  Search this
Medium:
fourteen-carat gold with lapis lazuli
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 1 3/8 × 1 7/8 × 3/4 in. (3.5 × 4.8 × 1.9 cm)
Type:
finger rings
Date:
ca. 1970
Description:
This is the “Gold ‘n’ Lapis ring,” a ring designed and created by jeweler Art Smith for Roosevelt Van Williams. The ring’s wide and flattened 14k gold band is diamond-shaped with the front view ends giving the illusion they are going through each other to create the top vertex. This vertex created a spot to hold the spherical, blue lapis lazuli stone. The ring has two hallmarks on the inside of the band, [14K] and Smith’s signature below it, [Art Smith].
Topic:
African American  Search this
Art  Search this
Craftsmanship  Search this
Fashion  Search this
Fashion design  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Charles L. Russell
Object number:
2023.12.12
Restrictions & Rights:
© Estate of Art Smith
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design
Adornment
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd55f31f00c-b8b7-41ac-a631-96cf65a851e6
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2023.12.12