Whos your favorite

Art means different things to different people, something I find ugly someone else finds beautiful. I always think of art shows as defeating the purpose of art, how could you pick one piece of art superior to another artistic creation. However, it is what we do, pick our favorites and defend them.

So, lets talk traditional Navajo jewelry, don’t want to put Kachina Dolls against bracelets, just doesn’t make sense.

Who makes the best traditional Navajo jewelry, someone who is active.

My pick, Calvin Martinez. This Navajo silversmith can make some not so exciting pieces, but when he is filled with creativity he makes pieces of art.

Lets hear your pick. I will provide some pictures of Calvin’s work to follow but for now look here > http://www.perrynulltrading.com/cart.php?m=product_vendor_list&v=4

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For traditional stampwork, I think Thomas Curtis is superior to anyone. For jewelry with stones, I’m a big Edison Cummings fan.

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One of my all time favorite pieces is a reversible (coral and turquoise) necklace by Leonard Nez.

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I love Sunshine and Gary Reeves , Darrell Cadman and Calvin Martinez as well, hard to pick a favorite now that I think about it.

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Darryl Becenti is my current favorite. I have a silver necklace he made, no stones, and it has become an everyday piece and each time I put it on, I feel wonderful. You know you open the lid on the box and the beauty of the piece just takes your breath away.

I also love Ernest R. Begay’s work, the thickness of the silver and the elegance of the design. My mother has a concho belt he made that is outstanding.

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Earl Plummer is amazing! We were at Garlands store in Oak Creek Canyon (AZ) on friday and he came into the store with two necklaces. Both necklaces were stunning, intricate and very heavy. Even the large clasp on the squash blossom necklace was inlaid with perfectly cut and set Morenci turquoise. You would want to wear that necklace with your hair up. On the other necklace the silver work is so graceful, with a light sweeping design, yet the necklace had such weight to it. When I tried it on it was as if I put something magical around my neck. Mr. Plummer was kind enough to talk to us about his work, he is a very modest and charming man as well as an extremely talented artist. Meeting him was the highlight of our quick trip to Flagstaff.

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This is a similar piece to what you are talking about, so everyone can see the beauty of his work.
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Jason thanks so much for posting the photos - The work is just so beautiful - My taste runs to traditional jewelry, but if I ever win the lottery, I will be on the phone with Earl Plummer immediately.

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i have a piece by Stu Billie, it is a tufa cast cuff with dragon flies and it is by far my favorite piece.

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Today my fav NA artist is Anthony Lovato (Santo Domingo/Kewa Pueblo)

Love this moonstone piece.

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This is a unique piece by Anthony along with a Michael Kabotie bracelet.

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Calvin Martinez has become one of my most sought after artists within the last year. I am fortunate enough to own two pieces by him. The attention to detail is incredible, and the pieces are extremey heavy. I will always buy one of his pieces when I can afford it.

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My absolute favorite artist is Raymond Yazzie. I got to see the “Glittering Worlds” exhibit in New York and it brought me to tears.

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Gorgeous piece! Thanks for sharing!

What is that green and brown stone?

If you’re asking about this stone
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looks like Turquoise Mountain Turquoise but am not quite sure : )