Campito is derived from the Spanish word "campo" meaning "field" or "countryside". Mined in Mexico from the Pino Chueco and Cananea mines in Sonora, Campitos is a favorite for jewelry artisans. Campitos is unique in several ways. It grows in clay as free-form nuggets, rather than in veins which is typical of many North American turquoises. Its color closely resembles that of Sleeping Beauty Turquoise and ranges from light to medium blue with no matrix. Occasionally you may find pyrite inclusions, which give it a little bit of sparkle.
Sunwest Silver Co has an extensive line of oxidized Sterling Silver jewelry which includes both single and multiple strand necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. We also specialize in customized designs for our wholesale clients. Inquire about customized hand-strung beaded designs for your product line. Both our beaded and liquid silver product lines are made in-house in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Recognized as one of the most significant pieces in any collection, the Squash Blossom is a highly prized piece of jewelry. Despite carrying world-wide significance through many Native peoples, there is very documentation regarding the history of the Squash Blossom necklace.
Perhaps the most significant piece of the necklace, the Naja, can be traced back to not only many Native American cultures, but also those of the Greeks and Romans. Meaning "crescent" in Navajo, the Naja is a symbol seen in everything from jewelry to horse bridles and incorporates multiple meanings across many cultures.
Meaning "crescent" in Navajo the Naja pendant can be traced across many cultures spanning from Native American to Greek. The Naja symbol can be seen in everything from jewelry to horse bridles and incorporates multiple meanings across many cultures. Typically found adorned Squash Blossom necklaces, Naja pendants can also be worn solo with beads or chains.
Authentic Handmade New Mexico Jewelry
Raymond Beard is Navajo, and started working silver in 1978. He works in several traditional styles, including Zuni needlepoint cluster and inlay, Black Hills styles and the traditional Navajo silver styles he learned from his family.
When we asked Raymond if he has a favorite piece, he said he is most proud of a large concho belt he made with a crow dancer in the middle, and clusters of stone surrounding it.
Today, Raymond works out of Gallup, N.M., and Sunwest Silver is pleased to feature specialty items by Raymond.
Authentic Native American Handmade Jewelry
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.