Overlay is a traditional Navajo jewelry making technique. The artist’s design is cut and soldered onto another piece of metal that is the same size. The recessed areas are then oxidized, contrasting strongly with the high polish on the top layer of the design.
The romantic deep purple stone from the Kalahari Desert is very popular in Southwestern & Native American handmade jewelry, Sugilite is found only in South Africa, in places very deep inside the earth. Sugilite in all forms is hard to mine and not available in huge quantities, but gemmy sugilite, or gel sugilite, is translucent, and very expensive. Less than .05% of the stone mined is found to be the dark grape colored ‘gel’ material.
Shop the Santa Fe Style Collection for striking contemporary jewelry, handcrafted by artisans who draw on the rich history of the Southwest.
This collection features trending artists popular in the Four Corners and loved by locals here in New Mexico. The jewelry featured here is a fusion of traditional techniques, passed hand-to-hand across generations, and modern artistry.