Greetings from the east coast!
I’m on the internet quite a bit and can’t believe it took me so long to find another great site. I’m an environmental geoscientist, geologist, former antique dealer, and jeweler. Today I primarily consult on environmental issues and law, and antiques and jewelry. I am also a contributor to AsianArts forum and recently have started the restoration of antique jewelry.
My first love was for silver and turquoise (and for Savage Arms from Roger Littlehorn – Mohawk) began from attending powwows on the east coast back in the 60s. Mom was a hippie studying to be a pharmacist and dad was a pocket protector carrying engineer (no wonder a divorce was in their future). I began with one course in metalsmithing by a Native American in upstate NY back in the 70s. I learned silversmithing the old school way; forming silver, making my own stamps, etc. From there I learned the Iroquois native “religion” from Little Bear. My studies took me to environmental science and a hobby in silversmithing. Then on to wetlands, cleaning up waste sites, and the oil & gas fields.
I have a small collection of Native American jewelry and southwest rock, many questions, and hopefully some worthwhile contributions.