Navajo Jewelry

Contemporary Navajo jewelry shows dynamism and innovation as modern artists build on the foundation of early silversmithing techniques.  Top Navajo jewelry artists pay homage to the techniques of the past while pushing into new expressions with exotic metals and stones gleaned from around the world.  The culmination is an array of jewelry expression from classic Navajo concho belts and bracelets to modern forms expressed in precious metals and sparkling gems. (Continued below)


Heavy Sandcast Sterling Silver Buckle with Kingman Turquoise by Eva Cayatineto and Limberg Billah

Heavy Sandcast Sterling Silver Buckle with Kingman Turquoise by Eva Cayatineto and Limberg Billah (#1)

$250.00


Stamped Sterling Silver Bracelet by Ella Toney

Stamped Sterling Silver Bracelet by Ella Toney (#05)

$250.00


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Navajo Blue Diamond Turquoise Sterling Silver Post Earrings - Will Denetdale (#271)

$250.00


Kingman Turquoise Sterling Silver Ring by Will Denetdale

Kingman Turquoise Sterling Silver Ring by Will Denetdale (#285)

$260.00


Sterling Silver Ketoh-Style Ring by Derrick Gordon

Sterling Silver Ketoh-Style Ring by Derrick Gordon (#28)

$275.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver Hand Stamped Buckle - Eugene Charley (#01)

$275.00


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Navajo/Hopi Sterling Silver Parrot Symbol Pendant (#53)

$290.00


U-Shaped Multi-Stone Landscape Pendant by Jimmie Harrison

U-Shaped Multi-Stone Landscape Pendant by Jimmie Harrison (#036)

$300.00


Silver Cutout Disc Earrings by Robert Taylor

Silver Cutout Disc Earrings by Robert Taylor (#55)

$315.00


Natural Manassa Turquoise and Sterling Silver Pendant by Will Denetdale

Natural Manassa Turquoise and Sterling Silver Pendant by Will Denetdale (#257)

$315.00


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Navajo Kingman Turquoise Sterling Silver Buckle - Roland Dixson (#01)

$320.00


Petroglyph Sterling Silver Pendant by Kee Yazzie, Jr.

Petroglyph Sterling Silver Pendant by Kee Yazzie, Jr. (#65)

$340.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver and Morenci Turquoise Bracelet - Leon Martinez (#02)

$360.00


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Navajo Mediterranean Coral Post Earrings - Will Denetdale (#269)

$365.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver Bisbee Turquoise Stone Pendant - Will Denetdale (#270)

$370.00


Pendant by Will Denetdale

Pendant by Will Denetdale (#273)

$375.00


Navajo Sterling Silver Buffalo Pendant by Robert Taylor

Navajo Sterling Silver Buffalo Pendant by Robert Taylor (#50)

$375.00


Square Wire and Coral Butterfly Bracelet by John Begay

Square Wire and Coral Butterfly Bracelet by John Begay (#077)

$375.00


Sterling Silver Textile Pattern Pendant by Robert Taylor

Sterling Silver Textile Pattern Pendant by Robert Taylor (#57)

$375.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver Bear Pendant - Robert Taylor (#45)

$375.00


Heavy Stamp Work Sterling Silver Belt Buckle, unknown artist

Heavy Stamp Work Sterling Silver Belt Buckle, unknown artist (#64)

$395.00


Lone Mountain Turquoise Bracelet by Thomas Francisco

Lone Mountain Turquoise Bracelet by Thomas Francisco (#01)

$425.00


Petroglyph Panel Overlay Bracelet by Kee Yazzie, Jr.

Petroglyph Panel Overlay Bracelet by Kee Yazzie, Jr. (#64)

$440.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver Handstamped Bolo Tie (#43)

$445.00


15 Stone Navajo Coral Brooch by Verdy Jake

15 Stone Navajo Coral Brooch - Verdy Jake (#30)

$450.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver Kingman Turquoise Pendant - Albert Jake (#61)

$450.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver Natural Kingman Turquoise Pendant - Albert Jake (#63)

$450.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver Plain Bead Bracelet - Allison Lee (#179)

$468.00


Sterling Silver Barrel Bead Necklace by Susie Lee

Sterling Silver Barrel Bead Necklace by Susie Lee (#01)

$475.00


Sterling Silver Belt Buckle with Burnham Turquoise by Geraldine Yazzie

Sterling Silver Belt Buckle with Burnham Turquoise by Geraldine Yazzie (#22)

$480.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Cluster Brooch - Eugene Livingston (#140)

$490.00


Navajo Serpentine and Jet Earrings - Tommy Jackson (#36)

Navajo Serpentine and Jet Earrings - Tommy Jackson (#36)

$495.00


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Navajo Natural Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Brooch - Eugene Livingston (#138)

$495.00


Concho Belt with Buckle, Conchos, and Butterflies, unknown artist

Concho Belt with Buckle, Conchos, and Butterflies, unknown artist (#04)

$500.00


Navajo Morenci Turquoise Pendant - Derrick Gordon (#13)

Navajo Morenci Turquoise Pendant - Derrick Gordon (#13)

$520.00


Navajo Silver Brooch w/ Lifestyle Design - Robert Taylor (#07)

Navajo Silver Brooch w/ Lifestyle Design - Robert Taylor (#07)

$525.00


Overlay Brooch with Navajo Rug Design by Robert Taylor

Overlay Brooch with Navajo Rug Design by Robert Taylor (#51)

$525.00


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Navajo Bisbee Turquoise Pendant - Derrick Gordon (#22)

$525.00


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Navajo Silver Fetish Bear Dangle Brooch - Robert Taylor (#46)

$525.00


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Navajo Morenci Turquoise Pendant - Derrick Gordon (#11)

$540.00


Sterling Silver and Gold Horse Rider Pendant by Robert Taylor

Sterling Silver and Gold Horse Rider Pendant by Robert Taylor (#49)

$563.00


Silver, Turquoise, and Coral Figurative Bracelet by Philbert Begay

Silver, Turquoise, and Coral Figurative Bracelet by Philbert Begay (#04)

$575.00


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Navajo Butterfly w/ Brazilian Agete and Fossilized Coral Buckle - Benjamin Piasso (#01)

$599.00


Navajo Spider Web Kingman Turquoise Pendant - Will Denetdale (#217)

Navajo Spider Web Kingman Turquoise Pendant - Will Denetdale (#217)

$600.00


Hand-Hammered Sterling Silver Bracelet by John Begay, Jr

Hand-Hammered Sterling Silver Bracelet by John Begay, Jr (#78)

$600.00


Royston Turquoise Sterling Silver Bracelet by Derrick Gordon

Royston Turquoise Sterling Silver Bracelet by Derrick Gordon (#30)

$600.00


Horned Toad Bolo with Sleeping Beauty Turquoise by Ben Yazzie

Horned Toad Bolo with Sleeping Beauty Turquoise by Ben Yazzie (#003)

$625.00


Hands-of-Time Sterling Silver Bracelet by Kee Yazzie, Jr

Hands-of-Time Sterling Silver Bracelet by Kee Yazzie, Jr (#63)

$625.00


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Navajo Natural High Grade Searchlight Turquoise Bracelet - Derrick Gordon (#25)

$625.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver Coral and Handstamped Cuff Bracelet - Harrison Jim (#04)

$630.00


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Navajo 1960's Sterling Silver Antiqued Chain Link Concho Belt (#50)

$650.00


Kingman Turquoise Bump-Out Bracelet by Derrick Gordon

Kingman Turquoise Bump-Out Bracelet by Derrick Gordon (#29)

$675.00


Sandcast Bracelet with Carico Lake Turquoise, unknown artist

Sandcast Bracelet with Carico Lake Turquoise, unknown artist (#61)

$675.00


Multi-Gemstone Dangle Earrings by Cathy Webster

Multi-Gemstone Dangle Earrings by Cathy Webster (#01)

$675.00


Coral and silver wire bracelet by John Begay, Jr. (#073)

Coral and silver wire bracelet by John Begay, Jr. (#073)

$690.00


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Navajo Persian Turquoise Bracelet - Derrick Gordon (#20)

$700.00


Cripple Creek Turquoise Choker by Ray Lovato

Cripple Creek Turquoise Choker by Ray Lovato (#155)

$700.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver Tufa Cast Kingman Turquoise Bracelet - Harrison Jim (#01)

$705.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver Naja Coral Necklace (#46)

$710.00


Navajo Lifestyle Guardian Bracelet by Robert Taylor

Navajo Lifestyle Guardian Bracelet by Robert Taylor (#53)

$715.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver Blue Gem Turquoise Bracelet - Derrick Gordon (#24)

$740.00


3 Stone Godber Turquoise Bracelet - Toby Henderson (#071)

3 Stone Godber Turquoise Bracelet - Toby Henderson (#071)

$750.00


Navajo Sterling Silver Articulated Textile Pattern Design Bracelet - Al Joe (#03)

Navajo Sterling Silver Articulated Textile Pattern Design Bracelet - Al Joe (#03)

$750.00


Sterling Silver and Gold Stamped Bracelet by Johnathan Nez

Sterling Silver and Gold Stamped Bracelet by Johnathan Nez (#01)

$750.00


Sterling Silver Rainbow Yei Bracelet by Robert Taylor

Sterling Silver Rainbow Yei Bracelet by Robert Taylor (#52)

$750.00


Multi-Stone Inlay Silver Bear Pendant by Jimmie Harrison

Multi-Stone Inlay Silver Bear Pendant by Jimmie Harrison (#38)

$750.00


Mediterranean Coral Bracelet by Nila Cook-Johnson

Mediterranean Coral Bracelet by Nila Cook-Johnson (#02)

$750.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver and 14k Gold Bracelet - Johnathan Nez (#01)

$750.00


Navajo 7 High Grade Natural Chinese Turquoise Bracelet - Benjamin Piasso (#04)

Navajo 7 High Grade Natural Chinese Turquoise Bracelet - Benjamin Piasso (#04)

$775.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver and 14k Gold Bracelet - Bruce Morgan (#04)

$792.00


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Navajo Coral Cluster Ring - Paul Livingston (#02)

$825.00


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Navajo Kingman Turquoise Brooch - Genevive Ramone (#33)

$825.00


Concho Belt by Harrison Yazzie

Concho Belt by Harrison Yazzie (#01)

$825.00


Rain Cloud Mediterranean Coral Dangle Earrings, unknown artist

Rain Cloud Mediterranean Coral Dangle Earrings, unknown artist (#62)

$825.00


Sterling Silver and Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Cluster Bracelet by Eugene Livingston

Sterling Silver and Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Cluster Bracelet by Eugene Livingston (#146)

$850.00


Navajo Sterling Silver Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Cluster Bracelet - Eugene Livingston (#142)

Navajo Sterling Silver Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Cluster Bracelet - Eugene Livingston (#142)

$850.00


Navajo Morenci Turquoise Bracelet - Derrik Gordon (#05)

Navajo Morenci Turquoise Bracelet - Derrik Gordon (#05)

$875.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver Lightning Arrow Bracelet - Allison Lee (#188)

$880.00


Sterling Silver Concho and Butterfly Belt by Calvin Martinez

Sterling Silver Concho and Butterfly Belt by Calvin Martinez (#13)

$900.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver & Royston Turquoise Bracelet - Derrick Gordon (#23)

$900.00


Eleven Nugget Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Bracelet, unknown artist

Eleven Nugget Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Bracelet, unknown artist (#63)

$900.00


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Navajo Large Natural High Grade Royston Turquoise Pendant - Eugene Belone (#01)

$900.00


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Navajo Tufa Cast w/ Mediteranean Coral Bracelet - Harrison Jim (#02)

$930.00


Navajo Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Pendant - Derrick Gordon (#07)

Navajo Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Pendant - Derrick Gordon (#07)

$935.00


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Navajo Coral Spirit Horse Bolo Tie - Jack Tom (#06)

$940.00


Petroglyph Sterling Silver Belt Buckle by Kee Yazzie, Jr.

Petroglyph Sterling Silver Belt Buckle by Kee Yazzie, Jr. (#66)

$940.00


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Navajo 3 Stone Blue Diamond Turquoise Bracelet - Toby Henderson (#048)

$950.00


Navajo River Bracelet - Ray Scott (#04)

Navajo River Bracelet - Ray Scott (#04)

$950.00


Carico Lake Turquoise Choker by Ray Lovato

Carico Lake Turquoise Choker by Ray Lovato (#154)

$990.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver and Kingman Waterweb Turquoise Buckle - Tommy Jackson (#39)

$990.00


Navajo Sterling Silver Twin Falls Bracelet - Ray Scott (#02)

Navajo Sterling Silver Twin Falls Bracelet - Ray Scott (#02)

$1,100.00


Tufa-Cast with Applique Bracelet by Ernest Rangel

Tufa-Cast with Applique Bracelet by Ernest Rangel (#01)

$1,100.00


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Navajo Tufa Cast Dragonfly Cross Necklace - Harrison Jim (#06)

$1,140.00


Navajo Overlay Bracelet with Burnham Turquoise - Toby Henderson (#076)

Navajo Overlay Bracelet with Burnham Turquoise - Toby Henderson (#076)

$1,200.00


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Navajo Burnham Turquoise Bracelet - Guy Haskie (#20)

$1,200.00


Navajo Burnham Turquoise Bracelet by Guy Haskie

Navajo Burnham Turquoise Bracelet - Guy Haskie (#018)

$1,220.00


Morenci Turquoise Pendant and Handmade Chain by Verdy Jake

Morenci Turquoise Pendant and Handmade Chain by Verdy Jake (#45)

$1,237.00


Three Stone Paiute Turquoise Bracelet by Toby Henderson

Three Stone Paiute Turquoise Bracelet - Toby Henderson (#063)

$1,250.00


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Navajo Waterweb Kingman Turquoise Bracelet - Ray Bennett (#01)

$1,250.00


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Navajo Handmade Sterling Silver Mediteranean Coral Bracelet - Herman Smith (#02)

$1,250.00


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Navajo Natural Gem Grade Morenci Water-web Turquoise Pendant - Allison Lee (#184)

$1,475.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver w/ 14k Gold Horses Bracelet - Sean Taylor (#01)

$1,495.00


Blue Gem Turquoise Pendant by Nila Cook-Johnson

Blue Gem Turquoise Pendant by Nila Cook-Johnson (#01)

$1,500.00


Castle Dome Turquoise Jacla Earrings by Piki Wadsworth

Castle Dome Turquoise Jacla Earrings by Piki Wadsworth (#01)

$1,500.00


Navajo 4 Stone Turquoise Bracelet - Toby Henderson (#062)

Navajo 4 Stone Turquoise Bracelet - Toby Henderson (#062)

$1,625.00


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Navajo Natural Gem Grade Spiderweb Kingman Turquoise Pendant - Will Denetdale (#239)

$1,760.00


Tufa Cast Cuff Bracelet with Blue Gem Turquoise by Darryl Begay

Tufa Cast Cuff Bracelet with Blue Gem Turquoise by Darryl Begay (#03)

$1,800.00


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Navajo Natural Gem Grade Stone Mountain Turquoise Cluster Bracelet - Eugene Livingston (#144)

$1,850.00


Mediterranean Coral Bracelet by Verdy Jake

Mediterranean Coral Bracelet by Verdy Jake (#44)

$1,875.00


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Navajo 1970's Burnham Turquoise 17 Stone Bracelet - Victor Begay (#32)

$1,875.00


Nine Concho Belt with Blue Gem Turquoise by unknown artist

Nine Concho Belt with Blue Gem Turquoise by unknown artist (#03)

$1,950.00


Sterling Silver and 14K Gold Storyteller Bracelet by Robert Taylor

Sterling Silver and 14K Gold Storyteller Bracelet by Robert Taylor (#54)

$1,995.00


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Navajo Persian Turquoise and Sugilite Bolo Tie - Albert Jake (#023)

$2,100.00


Stone Mountain Turquoise bracelet by Eugene Livingston (#145)

Stone Mountain Turquoise bracelet by Eugene Livingston (#145)

$2,250.00


Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace and Earring Set by Thomas Francisco

Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace and Earring Set by Thomas Francisco (#02)

$2,250.00


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Navajo Natural Gem Grade Kingman Turquoise Necklace - Albert Jake (#59)

$2,250.00


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Navajo Royston Turquoise Sterling Silver Bracelet - Victor Begay (#33)

$2,495.00


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Navajo Lone Mountain Turquoise Sterling Silver Bolo Tie - Allison Lee (#175)

$2,500.00


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Navajo High Grade Kingman Turquoise Sterling Silver Concho Necklace - Allison Lee (#198)

$2,650.00


Navajo Overlay Belt and Sand Cast Conchos by Allison Snowhawk Lee

Navajo Overlay Belt & Sand Cast Conchos - Allison Snowhawk Lee #054

$2,750.00


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Navajo 14k Gold, Turquoise, and Coral Protection Brecelet - Robert Taylor (#42)

$2,750.00


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Navajo Natural Blue Gem 38cts Turquoise Pendant - Allison Lee (#194)

$2,775.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver and 14k Gold with Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Lifestyle Bracelet - Robert Taylor (#44)

$2,975.00


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Navajo High Grade Morenci Turquoise Bolo Tie - Allison Lee (#196)

$3,750.00


Navajo 13 Strand Coral & 14k Gold Necklace - Alfred Lee (#01)

Navajo 13 Strand Coral & 14k Gold Necklace - Alfred Lee (#01)

$8,500.00


 Navajo metalsmiths were not only responsible for the inception of Navajo jewelry, but the introduction of silversmithing to Hopi and Zuni artisans.  One of the most prominent early Navajo jewelry silversmiths, Atsidi Sani, learned metalsmithing techniques from a Mexican man living near Mount Taylor, New Mexico.  He is often credited with the emergence of Navajo silver jewelry, first by teaching his four sons and they in turn, teaching others in the newly formed Navajo Nation.

Early Navajo jewelry consisted of simple earrings, ketohs, belt fasteners and bracelets.  Traders provided tools and supplies such as silver coins and slugs.  More important, traders gave Indian silversmiths a place to trade and sell their work.  In the 1920’s sheet silver replaced silver slugs, allowing artists to work more quickly since they no longer needed to melt and pound the slugs flat.  A Navajo jewelry style evolved, typified by heavy silverwork hammered, bent and molded, either alone or sometimes around stones.

One early technique still used by Navajo silversmiths is making silver castings in sand or stone molds.  The artist carves a design into damp sand or tufa, a porous volcanic stone, and then secures a second flat stone on top to complete the mold.  Using a crucible, the artist then pours melted silver into the mold through a carved channel.  Air vents allow steam to escape, preventing air bubbles from forming in the cooling silver.

After the silver has cooled and hardened, the artist removes the piece from the mold.  Any silver not part of the overall design is cut off and the edges are filed smooth.  All surfaces of the jewelry are ground and polished.  Sometimes, artists add stones as a final accent.

Early Navajo jewelry emerged from blacksmithing techniques that required the heating and softening of metal interspersed with hammering to work the metal into desired shapes.  Great skill is required to balance these opposite forces.  Too much heating and hammering causes the piece to become “work-hardened” making it brittle and prone to cracking.  Too little force can lead to a poorly shaped piece with shallow, inconsistent design work.

After shaping the piece, the silversmith uses a graver or die stamps to inscribe designs into the metal.  Many artists create their own carved metal stamps to add design elements such as lines or swirls to their jewelry.  The artist places the designed end on the desired spot of the jewelry piece then strikes, stamping the design into the metal surface.  A good silversmith strikes the stamp evenly each time, producing a consistent design.

----Excerpt from A Guide To Indian Jewelry in the Southwest by Georgiana Kennedy Simpson


Artists who create Navajo Jewelry:

Darryl Begay
Darryl Begay
John Begay, Jr.
John Begay, Jr.
Philbert Begay
Philbert Begay
Victor Begay
Victor Begay
Ray Bennett
Ray Bennett
Eva Cayatineto and Limberg Billah
Eva Cayatineto and Limberg Billah
Nila Cook-Johnson
Nila Cook-Johnson
Will Denetdale
Will Denetdale
thomas Francisco
thomas Francisco
Derrick Gordon
Derrick Gordon
Navajo Silversmith Jimmie Harrison
Jimmie Harrison
Guy Haskie
Guy Haskie
Toby Henderson
Toby Henderson
Tommy Jackson
Tommy Jackson
Albert Jake
Albert Jake
Verdy Jake
Verdy Jake
Harrison Jim
Harrison Jim
Al Joe
Al Joe
Alfred Lee
Alfred Lee
Navajo Silversmith Allison Snowhawk Lee
Allison Snowhawk Lee
Susie Lee
Susie Lee
Eugene Livingston
Eugene Livingston
Paul Livingston
Paul Livingston
Ray Lovato
Ray Lovato
Calvin Martinez
Calvin Martinez
Leon Martinez
Leon Martinez
Bruce
Bruce
Johnathan Nez
Johnathan Nez
Benjamin Piasso
Benjamin Piasso
Ernest Rangel
Ernest Rangel
Ray Scott
Ray Scott
Herman Smith
Herman Smith
Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor
Navajo Silversmiths Jack and Mary Tom
Jack & Mary Tom
Ella Toney
Ella Toney
Piki Wadsworth
Piki Wadsworth
Cathy Webster
Cathy Webster
Ben Yazzie, Jr.
Ben Yazzie, Jr.
Geraldine Yazzie
Geraldine Yazzie
Harrison Yazzie
Harrison Yazzie
Kee Yazzie, Jr.
Kee Yazzie, Jr.
Unknown Artist
Unknown Artist

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