#8 Turquoise by Wil Vandever

Tuesday, January 4, 2022 9:37 AM

#8 Turquoise by Wil Vandever

Wil Vandever was a highly collected Navajo jeweler, known best for his detailed silverwork and use of high-quality stones.

He learned to be a jeweler when he married his wife, Cora, and went on to win many awards for his work.

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Earrings by Tommy and Marie Jackson

Friday, December 24, 2021 12:47 PM

Earrings by Tommy and Marie Jackson

For years, back when I oversaw the Indian Arts and Crafts Association’s wholesale markets, two of the people I always looked forward to working with were Gene and Martha Jackson. They always had a smile and Martha used to stock her booth with treats. Since I can’t walk by a bowl of candy or snacks without getting personally involved, their booth was one of my favorites.

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Simple and Elegant

Tuesday, December 21, 2021 1:54 PM

Simple and Elegant

Andy Cadman was born in 1966 in Gallup and has made a name for himself with his beautiful silver jewelry which is usually set with multiple stones and features a lot of stamp work.

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Two American Treasures

Friday, December 17, 2021 9:17 AM

Two American Treasures

If you have followed our emails for long, you know how we feel about Ray Lovato. This Santo Domingo jeweler is one of the last in that village who still hand grinds turquoise beads to make heishi jewelry.

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Coral Bead Necklaces from Santo Domingo Artists

Friday, December 10, 2021 11:57 AM

Coral Bead Necklaces from Santo Domingo Artists

Nothing is as striking as a necklace made of strands of red coral beads from Kewa (Santo Domingo) Pueblo.

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The Hopi Jeweler who wasn’t born a Hopi: Preston Monongye

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 10:42 AM

The Hopi Jeweler who wasn’t born a Hopi: Preston Monongye

When I was growing up and learning the Indian Arts and Crafts business, there were three Hopi artists that I remember the best.

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Necklaces from Zuni Pueblo

Saturday, July 17, 2021 12:26 PM

Necklaces from Zuni Pueblo

Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, there was a huge boom in interest in Southwestern Native American art, but mostly in Indian jewelry. Turquoise and silver were the rage and, while much of the jewelry sold at that time was mediocre, and a lot of it was never touched by an actual Native American.

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Old Style Navajo Jewelry by Fritson Toledo

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 4:23 PM

Old Style Navajo Jewelry by Fritson Toledo

Back in December, we featured a Navajo artist named Fritson Toledo who was making some incredible jewelry that looked like it could have come out of the early 1900s.

That is not easy to do.

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Persian Turquoise in a Navajo Squash Blossom

Saturday, April 10, 2021 3:31 PM

Persian Turquoise in a Navajo Squash Blossom

I believe that the Squash Blossom necklace is one the most beautiful jewelry designs in the history of the world!

How’s that for a strong opinion?

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Water Bird, Peyote Bird: The Evolution of Jewelry

Back in the ‘60s and early ‘70s, when there was an explosion of interest in Southwest Indian jewelry, the Pueblo of Zuni was a very busy place. Silver and lapidary artists made jewelry as fast as they could and still couldn’t satisfy the market.

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Native American Crosses

Friday, March 26, 2021 1:36 PM

Native American Crosses

When the Spanish came to the Southwest, their mission was the three Gs: Gold, Glory and God. They used to teach that in school!

Gold, and riches, were the number one objective for the conquistadors.

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Former Country Rock Star Jimmy Poyer

Sunday, February 7, 2021 3:48 PM

Former Country Rock Star Jimmy Poyer

Toh-Atin Gallery has been working with Jimmy Poyer for over thirty years. Before that, he was the leader of the Jimmy Poyer Band and traveled all over the country playing country music.

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