Melanie Kirk-Lente and Michael Lente (Isleta Pueblo) command a distinctive presence at the top of collectors’ lists world-wide. This contemporary ring features a natural Kingman turquoise stone.
The face of the ring measures 1/2 wide. Size 9-1/2. Hallmarked by and purchased in person from the artists.
Michael & Melanie Kirk-Lente (Isleta Pueblo) continue to carry on their well-known family tradition in crafting Native American Jewelry. Both were taught by Melanie’s father, renowned artist Andy Lee Kirk, and later attended the Gemological Institute of America where they completed the Graduate Jeweler Program in 1996. Other family silversmiths include: Melanie’s uncle Michael Kirk and his family: Cousin Anthony Gatewood, Sister Kimberlee Kirk, and most recently, Michael’s brother Andrew Lente. Lentes have amassed an impressive list of top awards and showings at premier venues, including the Santa Fe Indian Market, Eiteljorg Museum, and Heard Museum.