Navajo Silver Beads and Basketball

Thursday, April 4, 2024 1:54 PM

Navajo Silver Beads and Basketball

My mother always gave male shoppers good advice when they didn't know what to buy for the women in their lives.

"Every woman needs at least one strand of silver beads!"

Her reasons were pretty simple.

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Traditional Silver by Larry Pacheco (B. 1951)

Monday, March 11, 2024 1:40 PM

Traditional Silver by Larry Pacheco (B. 1951)

From Santo Domingo Pueblo (Kewa), Larry Pacheco was never known for traditional lapidary Santo Domingo Jewelry. He first came to the attention of jewelry collectors for what would generally be considered traditional Navajo jewelry.

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Jeanette Dale Creates a Masterpiece!

Tuesday, November 28, 2023 6:20 PM

Jeanette Dale Creates a Masterpiece!

Over the years, we have become accustomed to Jeanette Dale creating amazing jewelry. She puts her entire soul into crafting beautiful work, small and large.

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Tommy Singer Left a Mark on Navajo Jewelry

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 6:30 PM

Tommy Singer Left a Mark on Navajo Jewelry

In May of 2014, right after the Iron Horse Bicycle Race in Durango,  I was in the Gallery when Tommy Singer walked in wearing his motorcycle leathers. I had known Tommy for over thirty years and had sold his jewelry since the 1970s.

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Sonoran Gold Turquoise Jewelry by Marie Jackson

Tuesday, September 12, 2023 6:42 PM

Sonoran Gold Turquoise Jewelry by Marie Jackson

Marie Jackson learned to make jewelry from her in-laws, Martha and Gene. When she met her husband, Tommy, he had been silversmith for years.

"I watched Martha and Gene making jewelry, and they helped me to get started. Tommy encouraged me, too!" she says.

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A Rare Bracelet from a True Legend

Tuesday, July 18, 2023 9:04 AM

A Rare Bracelet from a True Legend

Before we opened our gallery in Durango, we used to buy and sell rugs and jewelry out of my father’s office in his Pepsi Cola.  We were lucky to meet and work with many well-known and accomplished artists. Many of these people became, famous for their work. 

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A Collectible Buckle to Hold Your Pants Up!

Monday, June 12, 2023 9:05 AM

A Collectible Buckle to Hold Your Pants Up!

Mark Chee (1914-1981) was one of the Navajo Nation's most famous silversmiths. His silverware work was precise and clean. He used top-quality turquoise. Toward the end of his career, he always had a line of customers waiting for his work

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Mary Jane Clark

Monday, April 24, 2023 4:03 PM

Mary Jane Clark

On Friday, April 21, Mom was the first one at the Gallery. She usually has been for the past 40 years. She would unlock the building, get the lights on, fire up the computer, and get the Gallery ready for business.

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Bolo Ties by Master Silversmith Jeanette Dale

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 10:48 AM

Bolo Ties by Master Silversmith Jeanette Dale

Jeanette Dale and her husband Harry live on the Navajo Nation, about halfway between Gallup and Shiprock, off to the west of the highway near a beautiful rock formation. For about fifty years, she has been known to dealers in Indian jewelry as one of the best and least-known Navajo silversmiths.

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Remembering Orville Tsinnie

Wednesday, March 15, 2023 10:28 AM

Remembering Orville Tsinnie

Everybody loved Orville! He and his wife, Darlene, were always surrounded by visitors and customers at their booths.They made beautiful jewelry and always had time for everyone. They lived in Shiprock, where they started a gallery that was a must-stop on any buying trip for shops from North America and Europe.

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Surviving Rising Silver Prices

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 9:23 AM

Surviving Rising Silver Prices

Everyone is affected when prices go up. If you are an artist and the cost of paint and canvas rises, it will affect you. But not that much.

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Earrings from Zuni Pueblo

Monday, January 16, 2023 9:09 AM

Earrings from Zuni Pueblo

Jewelry from the Zuni Pueblo, south of Gallup, New Mexico, has always made up many of the “tourist” style earrings that were so popular in the 1960s and 1970s.

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