Our silversmith/artists are all Native American, from New Mexico: Kathy Abeita, Martha Willeto, Betty Lee, and Jimmy Secatero. Kathy, who is from Isleta Pueblo, has been working in silver for 25 years, and has been working with us for the last 16 years. Martha, from Chuksa Mtns. on the Navajo Nation has worked with us over three years. Betty, also Navajo, she has been silversmithing since she was a young girl and is now 70 years old. She has worked with us for over 26 years. Jimmy comes from Canoncito and has been working with us for over 4 years. Each of the artists pieces are individually stamped with their personal hallmarks, making each piece a unique original art-piece. We hope you will enjoy one of these unique one-of-a-kind pieces!
The Rocky Mountains, its foothills and nearby desert lands are the essence from which our jewelry emerges. Some of our unusual metals like Shibuichi that have tiny ridges, boulders and fissures, remind one of the great mountains nearby. The Mokume Gane with its swirling lines could be a trout stream or some wood grain from a Pinon tree. The Shakudo (Japanese Metal) with its dark mystery, a purple sunset.
Many of the stones we cut also come out of the west. The agates,
jaspers, and petrified wood are unique to this part of the world - from Northern
Mexico to Alaska - from Crazylace Agate to Fossil Ivory, there is always something
new to work with. We hope you will enjoy one of these unique one-of-a-kind pieces
We use a great deal of rare Agates, Jaspers and Petrified Wood.
The stones are cut using basic hand tools and our own refined cutting techniques.
Cutting stones this way - without automated equipment - imparts a more free-form
look to the stone. The joy in this stage of lapidary work is the immediacy of
working with the raw material; the tactile, sensual process of removing the
excess rock and uncovering the innate beauty of the stone inside. We like to
see the stones as miniature pieces of art work, abstract paintings hidden in
larger pieces of stone.