About Us

Established in 1972, and located in Albuquerque, N.M., Sunwest Silver Co Inc, is your comprehensive industry source, providing for your needs from the mines up.

Relationships fostered for over 35 years with Native American pueblos and artisans allow us to provide you with an unrivaled selection of handmade Native American jewelry. Many of our artists are recognized and loved throughout the Southwest. You will recognize names like Tommy Jackson, Etta James, Ray Winner, Andy Cadman, Larry Martinez Chavez, Vincent Platero, Jennifer Curtis, Sunshine Reeves, Darryl Cadman and others. Sunwest Silver also promotes new and emerging artists – you may discover your next new favorite artist right here!

As the owner and operator of five turquoise mines in the southwestern USA, Sunwest Silver provides distinctive stone for our jewelry artists. We offer a signature Carico Lake Turquoise Collection featuring stunning Carico Lake Turquoise, sterling silver and gold designs in earrings, pendants, bracelets and necklaces, as well as concho belts and squash blossom sets.

The turquoise doesn’t stop there – whether you are an avid collector, producing your own jewelry or new to the turquoise addiction, Sunwest can supply you with the turquoise of your choice in handmade Native American jewelry, cabochons, chips and beads or rough.

Home to one of the largest turquoise collections in the world, the list of available stone include Carico Lake Turquoise, Fox, Royston, Bisbee, Kingman, Sleeping Beauty, Godber, Orville Jack, Number 8, Red Widow, Pixie, Candalaria, Campitos, Nacozari and more. 

Sunwest Silver will also provide you with jewelry created with Red Coral, Spiney Oyster, Sugilite, Wild Horse, Gaspeite, and other traditional southwest stone. Our contemporary collections make use of a variety of precious and semi-precious stones from around the world.  Pearls, drusy, topaz, peridot, amythest… and cabochons in every color of the rainbow. Charoite and Seraphinite from Russia, fossils from Madagascar, and other unusual, beautiful minerals from around the world. Many of the varieties of cabochons we use in our jewelry are also available in our Rock Shop. We supply an extensive variety of rough and cut stone, with choices for both the collector or for large scale production.

If you are in New Mexico, stop by our retail location in Albuqerque to view a large variety of Native American paintings, sculptures and artifacts by well recognized Southwest artists like Jon DeCellas, Robert Redbird, Will Redbird, Jim Abeyta, Farrell Cockram, Johnny Yazzie and Bill Dixon.

Sunwest Silver is the largest supplier and manufacturer of charms and findings in the USA. Our silver charms are created by our own artisans and are original designs. If you are doing your own production and manufacturing, Sunwest Silver provides the industry with a state of the art casting facility, ready to create your unique designs, made right here in the U.S.A. Please contact us with inquiries.

Visit us while you are in New Mexico! Our Albuquerque location sports  5000 sq ft of wholesale showroom and retail shopping. Our extensive collections offer something for everyone and every budget.

At this time, our showrooms are open to qualified wholesale buyers only, by apopintment. 


324 Lomas Blvd. NW, Albuquerque New Mexico 87102.


MON - FRI 10 AM - 5 PM

We appreciate your business and thank you for visiting our web site.

Angela Montoya
Angela Montoya
Meet Angela Montoya, Buyer at Sunwest Silver Co. Angela works closely with her father Ernie Montoya, and together they are the buyers for Sunwest, working with over 300 Native American artists in the Southwest. Angela also manages the office.

Kevin Gebro
Kevin Gebro
Trade Show Sales
You will meet Kevin Gebro at Sunwest Silver trade shows or doing road business. Kevin has been with Sunwest Silver in the sales department for the last 14 yrs.

Pam Gautreau
Pam Gautreau
Beading Department
Pam has been heading up the Beading & Stringing Department at Sunwest Silver Co for over 26 years and has grown it into a significant design & production hub with unique product lines. Pam’s department specializes in customized design & product line development for handmade beaded products and stocked tower displays for your stores. Contact Pam for more information.

Barbara Montoya
Barbara Montoya
Charms & Shipping Departments
Barbara has been working with Sunwest Silver for over 28 years. Today she heads up the Charms & Findings Department, and also manages the Shipping Department.

Molly McGrane
Molly McGrane
Production Manager
Molly has been working with Sunwest Silver Co for 39 years. She began as a production silversmith, and has done pretty much every job there is to do at Sunwest Silver. Today, Molly manages all of our factories and contract casting services. Sunwest is the largest manufacturer of Sterling Silver charms & findings in the USA, with Contract Casting prices that are competitive with overseas.