Happy Holidays to you and your family! We look forward to seeing you at the show, where we will have an extensive inventory with lots of new and exciting pieces for this holiday series, including a vast array of exquisite jewelry that is sure to satisfy the serious collector or make someone smile with that perfect gift.
We made quite a few new contacts over the summer and we were able to find some great new styles in southwest Indian jewelry. As a result, we started working with a new group of artists who have designed at least 100 new styles of jewelry. The workmanship is excellent and they have a great source for stones to use in their jewelry, which includes Boulder Turquoise, White Buffalo, onyx, malachite, Lapis, manmade opal, painted desert stone and a wide variety of turquoise from many different mines.
Toby Henderson is one of the new artists we are keeping our eye on. His fantastic creations have a more traditional look to them, with hand-stamping and substantial, weighty silver content.
In addition, we are hoping to add a nice selection of White Buffalo jewelry and some great new pieces with Baltic Amber. Last summer we found a few pair of earrings that had amber and peridot as well as some great new earrings with just peridot. Although not typically thought of as a southwestern stone, the second largest deposit of peridot is found in Arizona on the San Carlos reservation. It has been gaining ground in southwestern jewelry use and we hope to have a nice selection this time out.
We have great new pieces from Alton Bedonie, Kee Yazzie, Alex Sanchez, Mary Tom, Gerald Lomaventema and his wife Yvette Talaswaima. We are hoping for some bracelets and “flip” pendants from Myron Panteah at this time, as well as possibly another one of his bolo ties. Hopefully we will have some great pieces by Leon Martinez’s brother Richard. We spoke on the phone about getting some of his pendants and we should have them before we leave for this show series. In addition, we acquired a gorgeous, reversible inlayed shell necklace by Santo Domingo artist Charlene Reano. Its size and detail are impressive! William Vandever is also represented, with four fantastic, heavy bracelets in sterling silver set with high-grade turquoise stones. Also of note is a fantastic, unique concho link belt in heavy sterling silver with fine detailing by Leonard Nez; the conchos set with turquoise from different mines of the Southwest, representing Kingman, Royston, Morenci, and more – 12 gorgeous stones in all! For you gals out there looking for a belt to work with jeans or other pants, this one fits through belt loops.
Artists whose work will be represented at the show are: Charles Loloma, Donnie Supplee, Al Nez, Carl and Irene Clark, Tommy Jackson, Bruce Hodgins, Harlen Coonsis, Darlene Weebothee, Rick Lasalute, Sunshine Reeves, Andy Cadman, Derrick and Delbert Gordon, Geneva Apachito, La Rose Ganadonegro, Darryl Becenti, Albert Jake, Johnathan Nez, Leonard Nez, Darrell Cadman and many more.
See you at the show!