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

$250.00


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


Sterling Silver and Searchlight Turquoise Earrings by Will Denetdale

Sterling Silver and Searchlight Turquoise Earrings by Will Denetdale (#287)

$250.00


Silver Feather Pendant and Navajo Pearl Necklace by Chris Charley

Silver Feather Pendant and Navajo Pearl Necklace by Chris Charley (#01)

$250.00


Sterling Silver Ketoh-Style Ring by Derrick Gordon

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

$275.00


Sterling Silver Ring by Derrick Gordon

Sterling Silver Ring by Derrick Gordon (#31)

$275.00


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

$290.00


Two-Layer Overlay Petroglyph Bracelet by Kee Yazzie, Jr.

Two-Layer Overlay Petroglyph Bracelet by Kee Yazzie, Jr. (#71)

$350.00


Kingman Turquoise Bracelet by Will Denetdale

Kingman Turquoise Bracelet by Will Denetdale (#294)

$350.00


Bisbee Turquoise Bracelet, unknown artist

Bisbee Turquoise Bracelet, unknown artist (#81)

$360.00


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

$365.00


Migration Pattern Ring by Kee Yazzie, Jr.

Migration Pattern Ring by Kee Yazzie, Jr. (#73)

$365.00


Bisbee Turquoise Ring by Will Denetdale

Bisbee Turquoise Ring by Will Denetdale (#293)

$365.00


Navajo Sterling Silver Buffalo Pendant by Robert Taylor

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

$375.00


Sterling Silver Sunburst Bracelet by Kee Yazzie, Jr.

Sterling Silver Sunburst Bracelet by Kee Yazzie, Jr. (#74)

$375.00


Silver Ring with Sleeping Beauty Turquoise

Silver Ring with Sleeping Beauty Turquoise (#289)

$390.00


Sunburst Sterling Silver Ring by Kee Yazzie, Jr.

Sunburst Sterling Silver Ring by Kee Yazzie, Jr. (#75)

$390.00


Sterling Silver and  Royston Turquoise Pendant by Tsosie Orville White

Sterling Silver and Royston Turquoise Pendant by Tsosie Orville White (#02)

$399.00


9 Nugget Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Ring by Benson Shorty

9 Nugget Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Ring by Benson Shorty (#003)

$400.00


Royston Turquoise Pendant, unknown artist

Royston Turquoise Pendant, unknown artist (#75)

$430.00


Sterling Silver Lizard Pin by Ben Yazzie, Jr.

Sterling Silver Lizard Pin by Ben Yazzie, Jr. (#15)

$440.00




"Angel Skin" Coral Ring by Albert Jake (#73)

$440.00


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

$450.00


Horse Canyon Jasper Pendant by Carlton Jamon

Horse Canyon Jasper Pendant by Carlton Jamon (#01)

$450.00


Navajo Inlay Bracelet by Jimmy Poyer

Navajo Inlay Bracelet by Jimmy Poyer (#02)

$450.00


9-Nugget Ring by Benson Shorty

9-Nugget Ring by Benson Shorty (#002)

$450.00


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

$468.00


Sterling Silver Belt Buckle with Burnham Turquoise by Geraldine Yazzie

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

$480.00


Vintage Sand-Cast Bracelet (ca 1960s), unknown artist

Vintage Sand-Cast Bracelet (ca 1960s), unknown artist (#76)

$480.00


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


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

$525.00


Overlay Brooch with Navajo Rug Design by Robert Taylor

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

$525.00


Black Jade Bracelet by Darryl Becenti

Black Jade Bracelet by Darryl Becenti (#02)

$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


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

$599.00


Coral Heart Earrings by Sheila Becenti

Coral Heart Earrings by Sheila Becenti (#01)

$599.00


Hand-Hammered Sterling Silver Bracelet by John Begay, Jr

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

$600.00


Rug Design Bolo by Dan A. Jackson

Rug Design Bolo by Dan A. Jackson (#01)

$600.00


Black Jade Bracelet by Darryl Becenti

Black Jade Bracelet by Darryl Becenti (#04)

$600.00


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

$625.00


Damele Variscite Ring by Albert Jake

Damele Variscite Ring by Albert Jake (#74)

$625.00


Kingman Turquoise Bump-Out Bracelet by Derrick Gordon

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

$675.00


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

$705.00


Navajo Lifestyle Guardian Bracelet by Robert Taylor

Navajo Lifestyle Guardian Bracelet by Robert Taylor (#53)

$715.00


Fox Turquoise Ring by Leonard T. Chee

Fox Turquoise Ring by Leonard T. Chee (#02)

$715.00


No. 8 Turquoise Sterling Silver Bracelet by Roland Dixon

No. 8 Turquoise Sterling Silver Bracelet by Roland Dixon (#02)

$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


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

$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


Navajo Weaver Overlay Pendant by Robert Taylor

Navajo Weaver Overlay Pendant by Robert Taylor (#59)

$750.00


Man on Horseback Pendant by Robert Taylor

Man on Horseback Pendant by Robert Taylor (#61)

$750.00


Brooch with Waterweb Kingman Turquoise by Geneva Ramone

Brooch with Waterweb Kingman Turquoise by Geneva Ramone (#02)

$750.00


Square Wire Bracelet by John Begay, Jr.

Square Wire Bracelet by John Begay, Jr. (#088)

$750.00


Persian Turquoise Ring, unknown Navajo artist

Persian Turquoise Ring, unknown Navajo artist (#82)

$785.00


Repousse

Repousse "Bump-Out" Sterling Silver Bracelet by Darryl Becenti (#02)

$795.00


Concho Belt by Harrison Yazzie

Concho Belt by Harrison Yazzie (#01)

$825.00


Mediterranean Coral Ring, unknown artist

Mediterranean Coral Ring, unknown artist (#67)

$825.00


Turquoise Mountain Bracelet by Verdy Jake

Turquoise Mountain Bracelet by Verdy Jake (#52)

$825.00


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

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

$850.00


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 Morenci Turquoise Bracelet - Derrik Gordon (#05)

Navajo Morenci Turquoise Bracelet - Derrik Gordon (#05)

$875.00


Bump-Out Bracelet by Ben Yazzie, Jr.

Bump-Out Bracelet by Ben Yazzie, Jr. (#017)

$875.00


Kokopelli Gold and Silver Pendant by Robert Taylor

Kokopelli Gold and Silver Pendant by Robert Taylor (#68)

$875.00


Royston Turquoise Bracelet by Guy Haskie

Royston Turquoise Bracelet by Guy Haskie (#24)

$875.00


Sterling Silver Ranger Belt Buckle Set by Allison Snowhawk Lee

Sterling Silver Ranger Belt Buckle Set by Allison Snowhawk Lee (#202)

$880.00


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

$900.00


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

$900.00


Kingman Turquoise Cluster Bracelet by Ben Yazzie, Jr.

Kingman Turquoise Cluster Bracelet by Ben Yazzie, Jr. (#11)

$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


Kokopelli Overlay Bracelet by Robert Taylor

Kokopelli Overlay Bracelet by Robert Taylor (#62)

$940.00


Lizard Bracelet with Turquoise Eyes by Robert Taylor

Lizard Bracelet with Turquoise Eyes by Robert Taylor (#63)

$940.00


Navajo River Bracelet - Ray Scott (#04)

Navajo River Bracelet - Ray Scott (#04)

$950.00


Kingman Turquoise Cluster Bracelet by Eugene Livingston

Kingman Turquoise Cluster Bracelet by Eugene Livingston (#151)

$950.00


Birds-Eye Kingman Turquoise Bracelet by John Begay, Jr.

Birds-Eye Kingman Turquoise Bracelet by John Begay, Jr. (#89)

$950.00


Gold and Silver Kokopelli Bear Pendant by Sean Taylor

Gold and Silver Kokopelli Bear Pendant by Sean Taylor (#01)

$975.00


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

$990.00


Carico Lake Turquoise Choker by Ray Lovato

Carico Lake Turquoise Choker by Ray Lovato (#154)

$990.00


Five-Nugget Sleeping Beauty Bracelet by Verdy Jake

Five-Nugget Sleeping Beauty Bracelet by Verdy Jake (#55)

$1,050.00


Ithaca Peak Turquoise Bracelet by Verdy Jake

Ithaca Peak Turquoise Bracelet by Verdy Jake (#56)

$1,050.00


Royston Turquoise Pendant by Will Denetdale

Royston Turquoise Pendant by Will Denetdale (#297)

$1,060.00


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


8 Nugget Persian Turquoise Bracelet by Guy Haskie

8 Nugget Persian Turquoise Bracelet by Guy Haskie (#23)

$1,100.00


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

$1,140.00


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Hopi Sterling Silver and 14k Gold Eternity Symbol Bracelet - Kee Yazzie (#56)

$1,150.00


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


Royston Turquoise Bracelet by Adam Cadman

Royston Turquoise Bracelet by Adam Cadman (#9)

$1,200.00


Sterling Silver Cross with Kingman Turquoise by Darryl Becenti

Sterling Silver Cross with Kingman Turquoise by Darryl Becenti (#05)

$1,200.00


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

$1,250.00


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


Square Wire Bracelet with Kingman Turquoise by John Begay, Jr.

Square Wire Bracelet with Kingman Turquoise by John Begay, Jr. (#82)

$1,250.00


Square Wire and Coral Bracelet by John Begay, Jr.

Square Wire and Coral Bracelet by John Begay, Jr. (#86)

$1,250.00


Royston Turquoise Bracelet by Happy Piasso

Royston Turquoise Bracelet by Happy Piasso (#04)

$1,350.00


Sterling Silver Belt Buckle with Fox Turquoise by Ben Yazzie, Jr.

Sterling Silver Belt Buckle with Fox Turquoise by Ben Yazzie, Jr. (#26)

$1,400.00


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

$1,495.00


Natural Smoky Bisbee Turquoise Ring by Allison Snowhawk Lee

Natural Smoky Bisbee Turquoise Ring by Allison Snowhawk Lee (#208)

$1,500.00


Persian Turquoise Bracelet by Guy Haskie

Persian Turquoise Bracelet by Guy Haskie (#27)

$1,500.00


Sugalite and Chinese Turquoise Bracelet by Guy Haskie

Sugalite and Chinese Turquoise Bracelet by Guy Haskie (#25)

$1,565.00


Coral Triple-Stack Pendant and Necklace by Melvin Francis

Coral Triple-Stack Pendant and Necklace by Melvin Francis (#01)

$1,590.00


Kingman Turquoise Bracelet by Delbert Gordon

Kingman Turquoise Bracelet by Delbert Gordon (#04)

$1,650.00


Gold, Silver, and Turquoise Bear Bracelet with Protection Hands by Robert Taylor

Gold, Silver, and Turquoise Bear Bracelet with Protection Hands by Robert Taylor (#60)

$1,750.00


Blue Gem Turquoise Cluster Bracelet by Verdy Jake

Blue Gem Turquoise Cluster Bracelet by Verdy Jake (#51)

$1,750.00


Silver Belt Buckle with Pilot Mountain Turquoise by Ben Yazzie, Jr.

Silver Belt Buckle with Pilot Mountain Turquoise by Ben Yazzie, Jr. (#25)

$1,750.00


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

$1,760.00


Mediterranean Coral Bracelet by Verdy Jake

Mediterranean Coral Bracelet by Verdy Jake (#44)

$1,875.00


Sterling Silver Eagle Dancer Bolo by Robert Taylor

Sterling Silver Eagle Dancer Bolo by Robert Taylor (#70)

$1,875.00


Rainbow Yei Bolo by Robert Taylor

Rainbow Yei Bolo by Robert Taylor (#67)

$1,900.00


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


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

$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


Blue Gem and Sterling Silver Bracelet by Randy Smith

Blue Gem and Sterling Silver Bracelet by Randy Smith (#01)

$2,250.00


Gold and Silver Belt Buckle with Kingman Turquoise by Robert Taylor

Gold and Silver Belt Buckle with Kingman Turquoise by Robert Taylor (#69)

$2,250.00


Coral, Orvil Jack, and Hube Chinese Turquoise Bracelet by Guy Haskie

Coral, Orvil Jack, and Hube Chinese Turquoise Bracelet by Guy Haskie (#26)

$2,250.00


Very Large Turquoise Mountain Bracelet by Roland Dixon

Very Large Turquoise Mountain Bracelet by Roland Dixon (#03)

$2,400.00


Classic Royston Turquoise Cuff Bracelet by Will Denetdale

Classic Royston Turquoise Cuff Bracelet by Will Denetdale (#290)

$2,500.00


Bisbee Turquoise Belt Buckle by Allison Snowhawk Lee

Bisbee Turquoise Belt Buckle by Allison Snowhawk Lee (#206)

$2,500.00


Natural Smokey Bisbee Turquoise Pendant by Allison Snowhawk Lee

Natural Smokey Bisbee Turquoise Pendant by Allison Snowhawk Lee (#207)

$2,500.00


Blue Gem Turquoise Pendant and Sterling Silver Chain by Ben Yazzie, Jr.

Blue Gem Turquoise Pendant and Sterling Silver Chain by Ben Yazzie, Jr. (#013)

$2,500.00


Kingman Turquoise Bracelet by Ben Yazzie, Jr.

Kingman Turquoise Bracelet by Ben Yazzie, Jr. (#19)

$2,500.00


Squash Blossom Necklace with Blue Gem Turquoise (ca. 1940s), unknown artist

Squash Blossom Necklace with Blue Gem Turquoise (ca. 1940s), unknown artist (#79)

$2,625.00


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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


Large Royston Bracelet by Will Denetdale

Large Royston Bracelet by Will Denetdale (#295)

$2,750.00


Navajo Natural Blue Gem (38cts) Turquoise Pendant by Allison Lee

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

$2,775.00


Persian Turquoise and Sterling Silver Bracelet by Albert Jake

Persian Turquoise and Sterling Silver Bracelet by Albert Jake (#70)

$2,800.00


Mediterranean Coral Squash Blossom Necklace, unknown artist

Mediterranean Coral Squash Blossom Necklace, unknown artist (#80)

$2,900.00


Gold and Silver Eagle Dancer Bolo by Robert Taylor

Gold and Silver Eagle Dancer Bolo by Robert Taylor (#64)

$2,950.00


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

$2,975.00


Mediterranean Coral Bracelet by Jeanette Dale

Mediterranean Coral Bracelet by Jeanette Dale (#02)

$2,999.00


Hand-Ground Kingston Tab Necklace, unknown artist

Hand-Ground Kingston Tab Necklace, unknown artist (#74)

$3,000.00


High-Grade Kingman Turquoise Bracelet by Verdy Jake

High-Grade Kingman Turquoise Bracelet by Verdy Jake (#53)

$3,000.00


Royston Turquoise Necklace and Earring Set by Randy Boyd

Royston Turquoise Necklace and Earring Set by Randy Boyd (#01)

$3,045.00


Persian Turquoise Bracelet by Verdy Jake

Persian Turquoise Bracelet by Verdy Jake (#54)

$3,250.00


Natural Smoky Bisbee Turquoise Bracelet by Allison Snowhawk Lee

Natural Smoky Bisbee Turquoise Bracelet by Allison Snowhawk Lee (#209)

$3,500.00


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

$3,750.00




"Tour of the Southwest" Necklace by Kai Gallagher (#011)

$5,200.00


 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 Becenti
Darryl Becenti
Sheila Becenti
Sheila Becenti
John Begay, Jr.
John Begay, Jr.
Eugene Balone
Eugene Balone
Ray Bennett
Ray Bennett
Randy Boyd
Randy Boyd
Adam Cadman
Adam Cadman
Eva Cayatineto and Limberg Billah
Eva Cayatineto and Limberg Billah
Chris Charley
Chris Charley
Leonard T. Chee
Leonard T. Chee
Jeanette Dale
Jeanette Dale
Will Denetdale
Will Denetdale
Roland Dixon
Roland Dixon
Melvin Francis
Melvin Francis
thomas Francisco
thomas Francisco
Kai Gallagher
Kai Gallagher
Delbert Gordon
Delbert Gordon
Derrick Gordon
Derrick Gordon
Guy Haskie
Guy Haskie
Toby Henderson
Toby Henderson
Dan A. Jackson
Dan A. Jackson
Tommy Jackson
Tommy Jackson
Albert Jake
Albert Jake
Verdy Jake
Verdy Jake
Carlton Jamon
Carlton Jamon
Harrison Jim
Harrison Jim
Al Joe
Al Joe
Navajo Silversmith Allison Snowhawk Lee
Allison Snowhawk Lee
Eugene Livingston
Eugene Livingston
Ray Lovato
Ray Lovato
Johnathan Nez
Johnathan Nez
Benjamin Piasso
Benjamin Piasso
Happy Piasso
Happy Piasso
Jimmy Poyer
Jimmy Poyer
Genevive Ramone
Genevive Ramone
Ernest Rangel
Ernest Rangel
Ray Scott
Ray Scott
Benson Shorty
Benson Shorty
Randy Smith
Randy Smith
Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor
Sean Taylor
Sean Taylor
Navajo Silversmiths Jack and Mary Tom
Jack & Mary Tom
Tsosie Orville White
Tsosie Orville White
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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