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Coral and Turquoise Necklace

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 5:01 PM

Coral and Turquoise Necklace
The coral you find in jewelry really isn’t. It is a calcium carbonate skeleton that is produced by coral polyps that live in clean, rich tropical and subtropical oceans.

Coral has been used for jewelry back some 25-30,000 years. Many people around the Mediterranean, where most of the deep red coral was originally found, used it for jewelry. The Egyptians and Romans place high value on it.
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Some People Don’t Like Snakes, but they have made this woman famous!

Effie Calavaza is a Zuni Silversmith whose work has captured the hearts of many collectors. She was born in 1928 and started making jewelry in the 1950’s. She is still doing some silver work although she has passed her designs down to her daughters.

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This Silversmith Does It All!

Friday, September 8, 2017 5:24 PM

This Silversmith Does It All!
Many of you are familiar with Jesse Robbins, a Creek Indian who attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, went on to get his Masters in Archeology at Northern Arizona University and dedicated himself to becoming a full time silversmith.

Jesse has done very well and this last year was accepted to show at the Heard Museum Show and the Santa Fe Indian Market for the first time. Jesse’s jewelry looks like it came out of the 1800s. And it is made just like it was made back then.
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Ben Nighthorse: Memories and Unique Jewelry

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 4:23 PM

Ben Nighthorse: Memories and Unique Jewelry

 

During the late 1960's and early 1970's, Indian jewelry was incredibly popular. Turquoise and silver jewelry was being turned out by shops in Albuquerque, Gallup, Farmington, Flagstaff and other "border" towns in massive quantities.

Artists who worked on their own on the reservation were working full time. Anyone who needed employment on the reservation could turn to jewelry making. There was an economic upside in all of this, for sure, and it was also great to see these beautiful creations being worn by people all over the country.

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The Story of Willie Yazzie, World Class Navajo Silversmith

Hopi jewelry, where one piece of silver has a pattern cut out of it and is then inlaid on top of a second piece, was really popular. This overlay style was picked up by some Navajo artists, like Yazzie, but he was the best at it. 

Unlike the Hopi overlay artists, he did not stamp or engrave the bottom sheet of silver, but rather just oxidized it to create the contrast between the top and bottom sheets. 

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We Are Proud to Announce The Launch of our New Web Site!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 2:44 PM

We Are Proud to Announce The Launch of our New Web Site!

We Are Proud to Announce The Launch of our New Web Site!

We have, without any question, the best customers on the planet! To all of you who follow our newsletter and make it possible for us to share the great works of Native and Southwestern artists, we say "Thank You!"

We have never met many of you, but have gotten to know you through wonderful telephone conversations when you have called about our web site. We love it when people call to talk about pieces we have on the site or even to check the "real" ski report at Purgatory!

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Classic Jacla Earrings from Santo Domingo Artist Ray Lovato

“Jacla” is a Navajo word for “ear string.” Jacla’s are traditionally made with turquoise “heishi” which is essentially flat turquoise beads, hand ground and strung in strands, which were worn by Native people as far back as the Anasazi or “Ancestral Puebloans” as they are recognized as today.

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A Few Large Bracelets

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 3:48 PM

A Few Large Bracelets

We often get requests for bracelets that will fit large wrists and right now, we have a nice selection of good ones. Here are three Navajo style pieces that I thought you might enjoy seeing.

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Trading Turquoise with Ray Lovato

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 5:25 PM

Trading Turquoise with Ray Lovato

Ray Lovato is the undisputed master of traditional Santo Domingo hand rolled, natural turquoise heishi. For decades he has worked with the finest natural stones and created beautiful necklaces.

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