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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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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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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Karl Nataani, Navajo Silversmith

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 11:54 AM

Karl Nataani, Navajo Silversmith

One of the nicest people I have met in the last few years is a silversmith named Karl Nataani. Karl is about my age, and lives on the Navajo reservation north of Winslow.

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The Zuni Silversmith and the Pepsi Machine

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 7:28 AM

The Zuni Silversmith and the Pepsi Machine

A lot of you know that my father was a Pepsi Cola dealer in Durango and got into the Navajo Rug business by trading Pepsi accounts for rugs with the trading posts. One of the jobs that I had before I got out of college was driving a Pepsi delivery truck and a couple of my routes were on the Northern Navajo reservation.

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More Jeanette Dale Jewelry with #8 Turquoise

Saturday, March 21, 2020 2:18 PM

More Jeanette Dale Jewelry with #8 Turquoise

A couple of months ago, we sent a newsletter that talked about one of our favorite silversmiths, Jeanette Dale, that featured a beautiful sterling silver necklace and earring set made with #8 Turquoise from a mine by that name in the Lynn Mining District of Eureka County, Nevada.

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A Traditional  Silver Box by Harry Morgan (1946 - 2007)

Harry Morgan spent his life in and around Gallup, New Mexico. He won awards at every major Indian art show. The year before he died there was an exhibit at the Heard Museum featuring several of his silver boxes.

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Dan Simplicio's Ageless Jewelry Creations

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 7:40 AM

Dan Simplicio's Ageless Jewelry Creations

What does it mean to be the “first” to do something? It takes the ability to put your ego on the line and to take a chance with the confidence that it will work out.

Zuni Silversmith Dan Simplicio was one of those people. He lived a short life of 52 years, passing away in 1969. He was the first to use coral in its natural form, the first to set rough cut coral in rings and he introduced the common use of leaf work in Zuni jewelry.

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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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