The Native American people are very talented artists and silversmiths; they make a form of art that is like nowhere else in the world. Making jewelry is their livelihood. When you buy jewelry from our company you are buying direct, no middle-man – from the artist's hands to yours.
The artistry of the Native American silversmiths shows through in the beauty and high level of craftsmanship of our handmade sterling jewelry from New Mexico. It was in the 1800’s that the Spanish settlers in America first taught the Native Americans the art of silversmithing. In combination with the sterling the turquoise stone has been favored by the Native Americans to utilize in their jewelry. Evidence dating back to prehistoric times shows that ancient Native Americans were mining for Turquoise. This love of turquoise and commitment to a high level of silversmithing continues to this day. We work directly with the artists to bring you the best in handmade Native American silver jewelry. The most impressive examples of Native American hand made silver jewelry are made by the Zuni, Navajo, Hopi and Pueblo peoples. The Zuni are best known for their fine channel inlay as well as their needle point or tiny stone clusters. The Hopi rely on a silver on silver technique called “overlay.” It is the Navajos who are thought to have been the first group to begin actually silver-smithing. In addition the Pueblo Indians can be fine silversmiths as well.
Emerson Delgarito was born in the 1950's in Haystack New Mexico. Emerson and his brothers are well known artists. Emerson is a self taught silver smith who learned by observing other silversmiths. He is known for his stamp work and how perfect each piece is. He mainly works on high-end, gallery pieces. Other than silversmithing, Emerson enjoys hiking and a good game of bingo.
MIKE SMITH AND LORETTA SMITH
Mike and Loretta Smith have worked with our company for many years. They have been making jewelry for over 40 years. Loretta started out silversmithing with her dad when she was a teenager. Her dad was famous Navajo silversmith Wilbert Smith. Mike learned the art from his wife Loretta. Both Mike and Loretta are very talented silver smiths. When Mike and Loretta are not working on jewelry they take care of their children.
Navajo artist Sheena Jack has been silversmithing since she her early 20's. She is an expert at her craft. Sheena lives close to Prewitt NM. Sheena is a true artist who enjoys working with sterling silver. Sheena loves turquoise and believes turquoise is a sacred stone to the Navajo peoples. Sheena is proud of her work but she is also very humble. Sheena enjoys spending time with her family and loves cats.
Greg Yazzie comes from a long line of silver smiths. Greg has been working around jewelry his whole life. Greg started out with our company polishing jewelry and moved up to a silversmith. Greg has a true understanding of jewelry and every aspect that goes into handmade pieces. Greg is known for his stamp work and how precise he is at making each piece. You can see from the pieces of above Greg is a true artist. Greg enjoys spending time with his wife and kids.
Raymond is a self taught artist and is one of the best artists we work with. His brother is Emerson Delgarito. Both brothers are best known for their stamp work. They are talented stamp makers too.
Tom Lewis is an experts craftsman, who specializes in stamp work and detailed designs. Tom has been silver smithing for over 25 years. He lives outside of Gallup NM.
Isabelle has worked at Running Bear Trading (our parent company) for over 30 years. She does beautiful bead work at the trading post and at home. She is best known for stringing squash blossoms.