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)


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Navajo Sterling Silver & Kingman Turquoise Cluster Ring - K. Jones (#04)

$250.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver Kingman Turquoise Pendant - Will Denetdale (#247)

$250.00


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Navajo Blue Diamond Turquoise French Hook Dangle Earrings - Will Denetdale (#248)

$250.00


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1970s Silver & Water Web Morenci Turquoise Pin (#42)

$420.00


Navajo Chinese Turquoise Dragonfly Pin by Allison Snowhawk Lee

Navajo Chinese Turquoise Dragonfly Pin - Allison Snowhawk Lee (#112)

$440.00


Navajo Waterweb Kingman Turquoise Pendant - Albert Jake (#52)

Navajo Waterweb Kingman Turquoise Pendant - Albert Jake (#52)

$450.00


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Navajo Carico Lake Turquoise Pendant - Derrick Gordon (#16)

$475.00


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Navajo Red Mountain Turquoise Buckle - Geraldine Yazzie (#17)

$488.00


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


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Navajo Sterling Silver & Royston Turquoise Pendant - Artie Yellowhorse (#02)

$495.00


Navajo Morenci Turquoise Pendant - Derrick Gordon (#13)

Navajo Morenci Turquoise Pendant - Derrick Gordon (#13)

$520.00


Sterling Silver Broach w/ Navajo Rug Design - Robert Taylor (#29)

Sterling Silver Broach w/ Navajo Rug Design - Robert Taylor (#29)

$525.00


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

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

$525.00


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Navajo Bisbee Turquoise Pendant - Derrick Gordon (#22)

$525.00


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Navajo Adjustable Size Sterling Silver Turquoise Mountain Turquoise Ring - Geraldine Yazzie (#18)

$525.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver & Carico Lake Turquoise Bracelet - Gary Reeves (#01)

$525.00


Navajo Black Jade and Agate Ranger Buckle by Tommy Jackson

Navajo Black Jade & Agate Ranger Buckle - Tommy Jackson (#018)

$540.00


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Navajo Morenci Turquoise Pendant - Derrick Gordon (#11)

$540.00


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Navajo Bisbee Turquoise Pendent - Derrick Gordon (#21)

$570.00


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

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

$600.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver Stamped Bracelet - John Begay Jr. (#71)

$600.00


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Navajo Square Bead Sterling Silver Necklace and Earrings Set - Jack Tom (#07)

$625.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver Yei Pendant - Robert Taylor (#36)

$625.00


Navajo Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Bracelet

Navajo Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Bracelet - Eugune Livingston (#127)

$650.00


Navajo 14K Gold & Silver Overlay Eagle Dancer Pendant - Robert Taylor (#34)

Navajo 14K Gold & Silver Overlay Eagle Dancer Pendant - Robert Taylor (#34)

$650.00


Navajo 5 Stone Candelaria Variscite Bracelet - Toby Henderson #068

Navajo 5 Stone Candelaria Variscite Bracelet - Toby Henderson #068

$690.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver Mustang Horses Bracelet - Hyson Craig (#02)

$693.00


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Navajo Persian Turquoise Bracelet - Derrick Gordon (#20)

$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 and Godber Turquoise Bracelet - Toby Henderson (#055)

$740.00


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Navajo 5 Stone Godber Turquoise Bracelet - Toby Henderson (#039)

$750.00


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

$750.00


1940s Navajo Handmade Silver Childrens Size Concho Belt

1940s Navajo Handmade Silver Childrens Size Concho Belt (#01)

$750.00


Navajo Kingman Turquoise Belt Buckle

Navajo Kingman Turquoise Belt Buckle - Alton Bedonie (#01)

$750.00


Navajo Nevada Candaleria Turquoise Bracelet - Eugene Livingston (#131)

Navajo Nevada Candaleria Turquoise Bracelet - Eugene Livingston (#131)

$750.00


Navajo Sterling Silver Bracelet Set w/ 15 Natural Kingman Turquoise - Gary Reeves (#07)

Navajo Sterling Silver Bracelet Set w/ 15 Natural Kingman Turquoise - Gary Reeves (#07)

$750.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver & 14k Gold w/ Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Pendant - Robert Taylor (#35)

$750.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver & Kingman Turquoise Pendant - Will Denetdale (#242)

$755.00


Navajo Multi Coral Stone Cuff Bracelet - Tom Lewis (#63)

Navajo Multi Coral Stone Cuff Bracelet - Tom Lewis (#63)

$795.00


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Navajo Reversable Sterling Silver Pendant - Raymond Boyd (#28)

$795.00


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Navajo 14K Gold Sterling Silver Inlayed Earrings with Various Stones - Ray Tracey (#02)

$795.00


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Navajo 14k Gold Inlay Earrings w/ Various Stones - Ray Tracey (#03)

$795.00


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Navajo Story Teller Bracelet - Robert Taylor (#40)

$795.00


Navajo Sterling Silver & Natural Coral Pendant - Julius Burbank (#02)

Navajo Sterling Silver & Natural Coral Pendant - Julius Burbank (#02)

$800.00


Navajo Blue Gem Turquoise Bracelet - Derrick Gordon (#14)

Navajo Blue Gem Turquoise Bracelet - Derrick Gordon (#14)

$800.00


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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


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Navajo Sterling Duvell Kingman Turquoise Pendant/Brooch - Vivian Barbone (#01)

$825.00


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Navajo Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Cluster Bracelet - Eugene Livingston (#139)

$850.00


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Navajo 5 Stone Morenci Turquoise Bracelet - Calvin Martinez (#09)

$860.00


Navajo Morenci Turquoise Bracelet - Derrik Gordon (#05)

Navajo Morenci Turquoise Bracelet - Derrik Gordon (#05)

$875.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver w/ Sleeping Beauty Turquoise 2 Sided Reversable Pendant - Robert Taylor (#39)

$875.00


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Navajo Morenci Turquoise Bullion Bracelet - Calvin Martinez (#08)

$880.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver & Stenech Turquoise Bracelet - Toby Henderson (#035)

$900.00


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

$900.00


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Navajo Cluster Stone Mountain Turquoise Bracelet - Eugene Livingston (#139)

$900.00


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


1960s Navajo Silver & Kingman Turquoise Bracelet

1960s Navajo Silver & Kingman Turquoise Bracelet (#049)

$950.00


Navajo River Bracelet - Ray Scott (#04)

Navajo River Bracelet - Ray Scott (#04)

$950.00


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Navajo 14K Gold & Chinese Turquoise Ring - Will Denetdale (#249)

$990.00


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Navajo McGinnis Turquoise Link Bracelet - Will Denetdale (#238)

$1,080.00


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Navajo Coral Cluster Bracelet and Ring Set - Sammi Kescoli Begay (#20)

$1,080.00


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

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

$1,100.00


Navajo Sterling Silver & 14K Gold Horse Brcelet - Al Joe (#04)

Navajo Sterling Silver & 14K Gold Horse Brcelet - Al Joe (#04)

$1,100.00


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Navajo Royston Turquoise with 14k Gold and Sterling Silver Back Pendant - Albert Jake (#57)

$1,125.00


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Navajo Damele Turquoise Bracelet - Victor Begay (#31)

$1,125.00


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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


3 Stone Turquoise Mountain Turquoise Bracelet by Harold Becenti

3 Stone Turquoise Mountain Turquoise Bracelet - Harold Becenti (#03)

$1,240.00


Three Stone Paiute Turquoise Bracelet by Toby Henderson

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

$1,250.00


Navajo Sterling Silver set with Turquoise Mountain Turquoise Bracelet - Harold Becenti (#07)

Navajo Sterling Silver set with Turquoise Mountain Turquoise Bracelet - Harold Becenti (#07)

$1,250.00


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

$1,250.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver & Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Buckle - Calvin Martinez (#01)

$1,350.00


Navajo Persian Turquoise Bracelet - Verdy Jake (#35)

Navajo Persian Turquoise Bracelet - Verdy Jake (#35)

$1,350.00


Navajo Coral Row Bracelet - Ernest Begay (#13)

Navajo Coral Row Bracelet - Ernest Begay (#13)

$1,440.00


Navajo Old Kingman Turquoise BoxBow Necklace - Barbara Johnson (#15)

Navajo Old Kingman Turquoise BoxBow Necklace - Barbara Johnson (#15)

$1,475.00


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Navajo Morenci Turquoise Buckle - Allison Lee (#169)

$1,485.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet - Ernest Begay (#02)

$1,500.00


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Navajo Sierra Black Gemstone & Mother of Pearl Jewelry Set - Tommy Jackson (#37)

$1,500.00


Navajo Fox Turquoise Bracelet (#18)

Navajo Fox Turquoise Bracelet (#18)

$1,540.00


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

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

$1,625.00


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Navajo Heavy Stamped Sterling Silver Red Coral Bracelet - Ray Bennett (#02)

$1,650.00


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

$1,760.00


Navajo Squash Blossom Necklace - Trent Lee (#01)

Navajo Squash Blossom Necklace - Trent Lee (#01)

$1,800.00


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Navajo Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Necklace - Cecil Ashley (#39)

$1,800.00


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

$1,875.00


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Navajo Carico Lake Turquoise Naja Necklace - Kyle & Allison Lee (#01)

$1,900.00


Sterling Silver & 14K Gold Story Teller Bracelet - Robert Taylor (#30)

Sterling Silver & 14K Gold Story Teller Bracelet - Robert Taylor (#30)

$1,995.00


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Navajo Sterling Silver & 14k Gold Story Teller Bracelet - Robert Taylor (#37)

$1,995.00


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

$2,100.00


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Navajo Paiute Turquoise Set in 14k Gold Pendant - Will Denetdale (#244)

$2,100.00


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

$2,250.00


Navajo Blue Gem Turquoise Necklace & Earrings Set - Ernest Begay (#16)

Navajo Blue Gem Turquoise Necklace & Earrings Set - Ernest Begay (#16)

$2,400.00


Navajo Tyrone Turquoise Buckle - Allison Lee (#163)

Navajo Tyrone Turquoise Buckle - Allison Lee (#163)

$2,400.00


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 Damale Stone Bolo Tie - Albert Jake (#56)

$2,750.00


Natural Stenech Turquoise Navajo Necklace and Earrings Set by Allison Snowhawk Lee

Natural Stenech Turquoise Navajo Necklace & Earrings Set - Allison Snowhawk Lee (#073)

$2,970.00


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Navajo 14k Gold and Sterling Silver Inlayed Turquoise Protection Bracelet - Robert Taylor (#41)

$2,975.00


Handmade Silver Bead Triple Choker by Allison Lee

Handmade Silver Bead Triple Choker - Allison Lee (#124)

$3,000.00


Navajo Waterweb Kingman Turquoise Bracelet & Ring Set

Navajo Waterweb Kingman Turquoise Bracelet & Ring Set - Victor Begay (#025)

$3,000.00


Navajo Castle Dome Turquoise Bracelet - Eugune Livingston (#128)

Navajo Castle Dome Turquoise Bracelet - Eugune Livingston (#128)

$3,200.00


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Navajo Large High Grade Kingman Turquoise Pendant - Will Denetdale (#241)

$3,300.00


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Navajo Coral Bolo Tie and Buckle Set - Tommy Jackson (#010)

$3,750.00


Navajo 92 ct Tyrone Turquoise Bolo Tie - Allison Lee (#164)

Navajo 92 ct Tyrone Turquoise Bolo Tie - Allison Lee (#164)

$3,900.00


Navajo Turquoise Mountain Turquoise Bracelet - Vernon Haskie (#04)

Navajo Turquoise Mountain Turquoise Bracelet - Vernon Haskie (#04)

$6,600.00


Navajo Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Belt

Navajo Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Concho Belt - Ernest Begay (#01)

$7,500.00


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Navajo 3 Strand Blue Gem Turquoise Necklace - Bruce Eckhardt (#20)

$7,750.00


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

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

$8,500.00


Navajo Natural Kingman Turquoise Squash Blossom Set - Allison Snowhawk Lee (#145)

Navajo Natural Kingman Turquoise Squash Blossom Set - Allison Snowhawk Lee (#145)

$8,750.00


 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:

Vivian Barbone
Vivian Barbone
Harold Becenti
Harold Becenti
Alton Bedonie
Alton Bedonie
Ernest Begay
Ernest Begay
John Begay, Jr.
John Begay, Jr.
Victor Begay
Victor Begay
Ray Bennett
Ray Bennett
Julius Burbank
Julius Burbank
Hyson Craig
Hyson Craig
Will Denetdale
Will Denetdale
Bruce Eckhardt
Bruce Eckhardt
Derrick Gordon
Derrick Gordon
Guy Haskie
Guy Haskie
Vernon
Vernon
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
Kyle Lee
Kyle Lee
Trent Lee
Trent Lee
Eugene Livingston
Eugene Livingston
Paul Livingston
Paul Livingston
Calvin Martinez
Calvin Martinez
Gary Reeves
Gary Reeves
Ray Scott
Ray Scott
Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor
Navajo Silversmiths Jack and Mary Tom
Jack & Mary Tom
Ray Tracey
Ray Tracey
Geraldine Yazzie
Geraldine Yazzie
Artie Yellowhorse
Artie Yellowhorse
Other Jewelry Artists
Other Jewelry Artists
Unknown Artist
Unknown Artist

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