Southwest jewelry styles are popping with color, and cluster designs are a classic and historic style used by Navajo, Zuni, and Hopi silversmiths. It may be an organized, structured arrangement of stones, or a more organic grouping. Some patterns of clusters are identified as flower or sunburst clusters, but in every cluster design the artist is working with the shape and color of stones to fit them closely together to create the beautiful shapes and patterns of these traditional styles.Spiney Oyster shell is often inlaid or used as cabochons in Native American jewelry. The color combination of spiney oyster shell and turquoise is as old as the human love for adornment. Coming all the way from the Sea of Cortez in Mexico, spiney oyster shell is most commonly seen in orange, red and purple. The more strident the color, the more expensive the shell is. Red and purple shells are found a much greater depth than the brilliant oranges, and are rare and more expensive.Sleeping Beauty Turquoise is one of the most recognizable of all North American turquoises. Beloved for its solid blue stone with no matrix, and ranging in color from bright royal blue to pale sky blue, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise comes out of the ground near Globe, AZ. As of today, the mine is closed for production, which has greatly increased the value of Sleeping Beauty stone in all forms.
Spiney Oyster Shell & Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Necklace
Bea Tom, Navajo Silversmith
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.