Cluster jewelry is a traditional Navajo style of arranging stones that has been used by Pueblo silversmiths for many generations. Clusters might be in rows, or organically arranging softer, natural stone shapes.
Navajo silversmiths are renowned for their intricate, detailed stamp work, a style developed over many generations. Stamping is done by hand, and the stamps themselves may be unique to the artist or handed in a family of silversmiths.
Twisted wire metal working for jewelry making is a very old Navajo technique and can be found in vintage and Old Pawn jewelry made by Southwestern tribes. Sterling Silver drops, often referred to as ‘raindrops’ by Pueblo silversmiths, are also a design element that you will see frequently in Native American handmade jewelry.
Blackened or oxidized Sterling Silver is sterling that has been darkened by a surface treatment process which does not change the properties of the Sterling Silver but gives it the look of metal that has tarnished over time.
Carico Lake Turquoise has an astonishing color palette. Ranging from highly unique electric greens to sky blue; from teal to mossy, earthy greens. And rarely, a nugget with both earth and sky color. The highest grade Carico Lake Turquoise is gem-quality American turquoise. Originally known as Stone Cabin, and then Aurora #8, Carico Lake Turquoise has a colorful history for a dried-up lake bed in a remote part of Lander County. The mine has come to rest with the owner of Sunwest Silver Company, Ernest Montoya.
Authentic Handmade Native American Jewelry
Ella Peters is a Master Navajo Silversmith. She has been silversmithing for over 45 years. Born in the Tsa-ya-toh area, Ella’s Father taught her to weave and work metal at a very young age, and she has been doing so ever since.
With hand-picked stone straight from our mine in Nevada, the Carico Lake Turquoise Collection offers unique turquoise jewelry in the astonishing range of color that grows in this mine. From bright lime-green turquoise to blues, teals and extra special pieces with a little sky blue and spring green combined,the Carico Lake Collection is our way of sharing some of our favorite stone with you.