Federico Jimenez:

Considered the “King of Bold”,Federico was raised in Oaxaca and it was during his youth that he fell in  love with antiquities, after finding a large Pre-Colombian Mixtec Pectoral gold necklace in the back yard of the families house in Tututepec, Mexico. He has been a  avid collector of Pre-Colombian, Vintage Taxco and Native American jewelry, as well as collecting native costumes ever since.
He developed his love for design through the years and has grown to be one of the most collectible, internationally recognized designers, in modern day jewelry. He takes us, where very few dare to go by creating head turning designs.

Federico’s jewelry is HIGHLY collectible & is the designer of choice to many worldly figures and celebrities.
He is known for playing a major role in bringing to the USA, the gorgeous Dove  jewelry that is known to his birthplace of Oaxaca, which is called his "Frida" line. He once sat on the board of the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, NM. The Autry in LA and owns a Museum in Oaxaca that hold his collection and bares his name. You can also see his collections in museums in Mexico City.


2019 was a fortunate time for this humble artist! Mary was picked among only a few chosen local artists & this year we were proud to see Mary finally be featured at our Santa Fe International Folk Art Market,which I personally have always thought she deserved to be there in years past!!! And then to top it off even further,PBS zoomed in,not on all of the other numerous artists that participated,but were drawn to this one artist alone,whose work we just can't get enough of! They came out & interviewed her for the PBS show!

Kewa Pueblo artist "Mary Tafoya's" has a 'signature style all her own & is the only one from the Pueblo that you will find doing this style..She is known for her funky,whimsical 'Folk Art" style colorful jewelry..

Most don't know that when she 1st started doing jewelry back in the 80's, she stayed very traditional,since her influence were her parents, as well as what other Pueblo artisans were doing in the village.Her parents made heishi & did mosaic & were one of the originals who did the old depression era "Thunderbird" necklaces that were mosaic inlaid atop of old record albums.But step ahead to the 90's,is when her husband Lorenzo suggested 'they try something 'different'..This is when she solely did mosaic,which later she developed into the mosaic style she is now so widely known for.

Her pieces are "Happy" & you will get joy & feel good when you wear her jewelry!

She only creates only when her spirit,having a clear mind,her hands & all other creative juices are in sync..Once you see her art,you will never forget it,since it's a style that belongs to only her. You can find her in Museums,galleries worldwide.


Everything made, is made with the power of skilled hands while preserving traditional techniques.Coming from a background in the performing arts industry,everything Roy designs,comes from an artistic visual approach.He was gifted with a "Eye" for the aesthetics & anything you will see of his, will have perfect form & balance & will be appealing to the senses.

Originally of Argentine descent,Roy comes from Rio Cuarto,Argentina & moved to Taxco Mexico years ago & is the brother of my friend Maria Belen, who herself, has grown to become Mexico's top leading female artists.(See my listings)

Roy is inspired by the creative aesthetics of Mexican women. He presents jewelry for elegance and high style, classic and modern, for women and men who choose to distinguish themselves for their exquisite taste in today's world. Each of its pieces is a sample of combination of design, tradition and quality. The richness of Taxco silver work and contemporary design and originality make Roy Nilson a trend in jewelry design.

Lover of smooth shapes and inspired by the ethnic richness,he surrounds himself with "true artists" who know how to interpret and capture the beauty and simplicity of Mexican nature in its maximum splendor, fused with creativity and imagination using for them as a base material Mexican silver..

María Belén Nilson

Originally from Argentina,Maria moved to Mexico with nothing & put herself where she is today..Her name has gotten to be so big,that she now runs 2 shops in Mexico,one in San Miguel de Allende & the other in Taxco,Mexico. Everything she designs is inspired from the rich tapestry that exists in Mexico, from the people to the artistic culture that seems to thrive in this country.. Now one of Mexico's top leading female designers,she is not only a very respected designer there,but one of the most impressive business people I happen to know.

Maria makes it a point to separate herself from many other manufactures by giving each piece the individual attention & love they deserve,since everything is totally hand fabricated by the hands of skilled Mexican artisans.You can see & feel this 'human touch' that is obvious in her jewelry,as well as the patience,compassion & consideration that each piece is given.


The workmanship this Kewa Pueblo couple makes,is what has made them gain the recognition by major judged jury events.. Their work stood out so much that it caught the eyes of the judges at the 2018 Santa Fe Indian Market,where they ended up taking home the “1st Place Award in the “Best of Class" jewelry category,beating out literally all the 100's of jewelry artists that were showing there! (Including all the silversmiths!)

And now for the 2nd time winning another 1st place award,this year they wow'd the judges at Denver's yearly "TESORO's Indian market event taking home yet another 1st place award!! (Tesoro's is Denver's version of Santa Fe's Indian Market)

Reyes is the niece of Award winner "Martine Lovato" who took this particular niece under his wing & taught both her & Farrell all his life long skills. Both Reyes & Farrell had the "eye" to be designers,they just needed the skill & it was Uncle Martine that that paved the road for them.

Farrell & Reyes are a traditional Pueblo couple who literally do everything single thing by hand,without the use of calipers & everything they do, is done by ‘eye & feel’ since they refuse to go ‘modern’ on us by getting pulled in by using commercial manufactures goods that yes,can make the item get made faster,but this couple chooses to make jewelry the ‘Old School” way just like their ancestors have done!

Their work is so precise & nothing is created unless their spirits are in check & never create if the time isn't right, since it shows through in the final piece.I feel honored to work closing with them & call them personal friends.


Ralph Lauren saw the same thing in this designer's work,that we all see in Carlos's jewelry & that is, the beauty of cluster styles from many decades ago that have some of the most eye grabbing appeal. Carlos's jewelry grabbed the attention of this iconic designer,so much that he was then asked to make jewelry for Ralph,that were then placed & photographed on Ralph's models back in around 2014 & were some of the best turquoise earrings that were worn by Ralph's models.

He specializes in Old School styles & designs jewelry that represents the look & feel of vintage Native American jewelry,as if it is weathered & aged.Put this together with his use of quality stones & each showcase a perfect balance between precious metal & precious stone.Carlos never uses inferior stone with his high quality work & you will be guaranteed the best,all the way around!

Carlos is the father of another Santa Fe artist, "Annelise Williamson'(Who worked with Mona Van Riper),who herself,ranks high as one of Santa Fe's in demand artisans!


Buddy Lee is a respected & much loved Santa Fe artist who is known for having his own style & one thing you will not find with this Santa Fe'an artisans work, is the fact that you will not find duplicated pieces.And just like a painter, is the epitome of a 'true' artist,where he creates no 2 items alike.He is known for 'owning' his own style & has his own identifiable look,without following what every other artists are doing.His jewelry ranges from 'whimsical to abstract modern',while maintaining a southwest style..What you will get from Buddy, is 'old school',where his jewelry is made from start to finish,with everything created by hand & without the use of commercial manufactures.Many times you will find stones that are unheard of with his work & then lets the stones "speak & dictate" on how & what kind of artful piece they will sit in..Buddy takes from all things known to the SW & his jewelry designs are considered 'Wearable Art".


Wylie is the perfect example of the new generation of Native American silversmiths.

At the youthful age of just 25,Wylie is already considered a 'master artisan' whose innovative mixed metal designs are high in demand.His 1st jewelry creations appeared shortly after he begun taking lessons at the young age of 10.His father,is the well recognized artist,"Randy Secatero" who taught him how to cut,form,decorate & solder.Randy could not express enough how important 'accuracy' is with each step,always assuring that the piece would be as 'clean' & as close to perfection as possible!

Wylie's fascination with iconic Navajo rug patterns that are so intricately woven by his people from generations back,is what inspires him to incorporate these designs into metal form..

ABOUT Kim yubeta:

Kim Yubeta is a Tupac, Arizona based artist that is widely known not only here in Santa Fe,but all over the SW region, for her works in putting together charms of all sorts, that end up being "Theme" necklaces,that tell cultural stories.She combines antique treasures,with the contemporary,where she finds quality little tiny artifacts with different ethnic cultures & puts it all together,like a display,that can literally 'take you' to the place where the charms come from! Sometimes it can take her month's to make one necklace,since it is not easy finding the right colors & the same theme..That's a lot of time being spent to make just one necklace..She is one of the Southwests leading designers when it comes to statement style charm necklaces..She is highly collectible..


Navajo Guy Hoskie is no beginner in the jewelry industry & has been doing jewelry for 20 or more years now.He calls Window Rock AZ.his home,where he lives with a wife & 2 sons.He is apart of a group of male Navajo silversmith's, that have all made a big name in today's Navajo jewelry..His inspirations & teachers are from people like the award winning "Sunshine" Reeves,as well as the Cadman's,Becenti's..

You will find a lot of similarities, where they all give the metal a very vintage finish,they all make heavy stamping apart of their art form,as well as using the best stones you will find in today's market.Guy keeps it "Old School",by not only staying very traditional in style,but gives the metal a "vintage revival" sort of look, as if it is aged.Never do you find his work with a shiny~contemporary finishing.Guy is collectible.


In such a relatively short period of time,Gallup Navajo artist Philander Begay's reputation has sky rocketed for being not only a 'Master' Tufa Cast artist,but one of the finest artists out there in today's industry.He has surpassed so many of the 'bigger' names in the industry & when it comes to awards,the Heard museum knew this artist was unique & very special at what he makes,so much that he had earned at least 3~"1st place" awards with them..One was when he took home 1st place in the category of "Best in Class in Jewelry" for his amazing concho belt.

Other awards he proudly deserved winning was at Santa Fe's Indian Market,(like the Super Bowl of Native American art) & in the summer of 2017, he beat out names like Sanderson,Tsinne,plus more,at the Navajo Nations judged jury event in Gallup..

Philander is known for not only his precise,very high end tufa cast jewelry,but is known for giving us depictions of Navajo ceremonial event's that are so beautifully displayed in all the jewelry he creates.You will not only get these very pictorial pieces, (that are almost like story tellers) but the finest Navajo jewelry on the market.

His jewelry is made for the true "connoisseur",for the more higher end type jewelry collectors,who collect only the finest & who collect anything but average types & desire very "one of a kind" Native American jewelry..

 I feel very proud to bring Philanders quality of jewelry to my inventory


Santo Domingo Pueblo people are the 'Lapidarists' of Native American art & their use of cutting shell & stone into hand made pieces of art,has been being made for centuries.His work is so exact & just by looking at the overall workmanship of each piece,it is highly obvious this man is no beginner & you will be able to tell he has been doing this for years.. He is considered a "Master Artist" & if you ever get your hands on his work,you will then see why..Matine's work impressed me for the fact that he is one,who still cuts everything by hand & also for the fact of how his pieces are made with impeccable precision, like no other..

Martine is nearly 70 & has been at this for around, 62 of those 70 years.He is one of the finest the Pueblo has the gift of calling their own & just like his card reads,"Master Jeweler of Santo Domingo",it could not have been put any more accurately.His work is some of the 'cleanest',that you may think his pieces are made by machine,since they are made with extreme precision,but just like his ancestral lineage taught him,all his work is by "eye & feel" & everything is created by hand..He is is beyond perfect & one word you cannot put on him,is "Average"..He is everything, but average! He owns his own style & you will be getting some of the 'Finer' art that the Pueblo produces!


 Long Rope finely made & designed purses are made by Guadalajara Mexico's leading tooled leather manufactures..Some of the finest tooled leather purses are made by the hands of some of the best artisans in the tooled leather business..They are not only known for their impeccable workmanship & artistry,but for making some of the most vibrant,rich colors,that you just won't find with other manufactures.

They put a lot of love, time,along with their skilled hands,assuring that you will get one of the highest quality tooled leather purses that are being made! Their attention to detail is outstanding & when you get one in hand,you will see how obvious this is! The tooling they do,are like real works of art &  are like paintings in leather form.



Born in Albuquerque in '58 and grew up on the Navajo reservation of To'hajiilee, 30 miles west. His parents/grandparents  were silversmiths before him, he was taught by his Mother and still uses tools passed down to him by his ancestors and also makes his own stamps, which give his jewelry an extension of his own identity, onto the sterling.

Vincent is one Navajo artist that is high in demand and is on everyone's wishlist for great Navajo jewelry! Never creating two pieces exactly alike, he is known for his very identifiable hand stamp work, that takes precision, accuracy, dexterity and a good eye to do what he does.

There are a lot of artists that  stamp, but there is no one like this artist that can do what he does, to silver. Vincent's stamping is the main focus, while others use stone and then stamp just enough to give the metal some look. He owns the work he does and has a very identifiable look.

Carlos Gutierrez:

Oaxaca Mexican born Carlos Gutierrez was born to make jewelry. He is literally the BEST jeweler I have the gift of knowing.. He was taught by his father (who is featured in the book of "OAXACA MASTERS") who taught all his children, but Carlos was the one who took to it and got to be so good at such a young age, he was then able to support all of his family at the young age of 15 from his earnings from jewelry he made & is now 53. He is the go-to jeweler that others seek, for jewelry advice.

Featured previously at SANTA FE'S yearly INTERNATIONAL FOLK ART MARKET, which was lucky for them to have such a true Oaxaca artist that brings us the real deal. You will find a lot of Doves, Filigree, Devotional Art themes, Sacred Hearts, Floral, Dia de los Muertos, Frida and many other spiritual and beautiful things known to Mexico in his jewelry, that influenced him to present day.

What you will get with Carlos is old school with the fact that the jewelry will be totally handmade, since he refuses to use anything made by manufactures, just like his father taught him. His jewelry cannot be made in a matter of hours, but sometimes taking days to make! He is a true professional and knows what he is doing when it comes to making anything you put in front of him. The words that stick with him the most are words his father told him years ago, "Never make anything, if you can't make it perfect".

Carlos is a "Master" filigree artist.

Don Lucas:

A TRUE Santa Fe/Southwest favorite, you can be assured of  getting a piece that is totally hand fabricated. Everything he uses within his pieces, are not bought, pre-made by manufactures, but are all done by hand. Don is widely known for his Multi-Colored jewelry. Always setting the bar high by using the best gems out there. This will always be a guarantee when you buy any item of Don's. He ranks probably one of THE top Anglo southwest artists, making jewelry for over 40 years and that has Native inspired influences, being his roots are and have been for many years in the SW. Don is definitely no beginner and is highly collectible, having his own signature, highly identifiable look, with everything he does.


Eleanor is a Navajo Silversmith from the Towering House (Kinya'oanii) and Salt (Ashii'i) Clan. Born in 1953, she has been doing jewelry since being a teenager. She specializes in cluster work and earrings that are typically known to the Zuni Pueblo People. What I love about her, is that it matters to her. How good and perfect her jewelry comes out. She is a true perfectionist, beyond precise and exact. Her work is so finely detailed and she ranks up there, being one of the better female silversmiths when it comes to workmanship. Her work is very similar to the late Emma Lincoln. 


Raised & still residing in his birthplace of Fort Defiance Arizona,Aaron wasn't always a jeweler,like so many other Navajo children, who would watch their parents,aunts,uncles make jewelry,but started out as a coal man for Chevron,turned jeweler later in life..On his down times,Aaron would sit there & draw..and draw...Mostly hummingbirds & dragonflies,which ironically turned out to be included his 'signature' style...He is totally self taught & now his children are following in his footsteps.Once you get to know Aaron's work,you will be able to identify him in a instant,since he has his own style!


Navajo Gene Naton, has a habit of knowing how to choose the right stones and has an intuitive eye for the silver work that follows. A resident of NM, Gene is definitely no beginner in the industry and is known for keeping his jewelry very traditional Navajo and is always designing the best you will find out in todays market.

His work ranks high and is very similar to the Reeve's, Hoskie's, Becenti's or the Cadman's, when it comes to keeping it traditional and never getting contemporary on us!


Arizona artist LEO FEENEY put the  word"Glam" in high end SW jewelry..Leo is known for mixing stones, known to SW jewelry and raises the bar by putting faceted gems with them. One thing that is going to be a  guarantee is the fact that you are going to get the best turquoise, the best coral and the best in faceted colored gems. Always making it a point to use the best quality natural stones possible and consistently choosing these stones with fantastic lapidary work that are perfectly cut and polished, boosting the appearance.
Leo's work can can be found in higher end stores throughout the SW.


Gallup NM based Navajo Andy Cadman was born in 1966 and is a part of modern-day Navajo silversmiths, that have all made their mark in the industry. Whether it's Andy's younger brother Darrell Cadman or whether it's his half  brothers, the renowned award winner Sunshine Reeves and Gary Reeves. No matter which direction these artists turned toward, these relatively young metalsmiths, actually learned much of their trade from the now deceased David Reeves. Whether a Cadman or a Reeves they have one thing in common, and that is, an element of apprenticeship that exhibits certain similarities in their work. Andy has made a great name in this industry and is considered collectible.


Navajo Ronnie Willie makes Albuquerque, NM his home. Known for his heavy gauge cuffs, with lots of crosses and beads of sterling he extends his love for creating by being  a sand painter, sand caster, Katchina carver, rock sculptor, wood carver which most of these things he does more on the side since he mainly focuses on silversmithing 5 days a week. He makes his own stamps and other tools he uses in his jewelry which give his work its own identity. He is considered one of the best in present day jewelry and it's a guarantee you will be getting a piece of jewelry with only the finest quality workmanship.


He started in the 60s learning silversmithing, while helping his Grandfather in '72 went out on his own after working for clothes and shoes, from helping his uncle do sand cast pieces. But wasn't until he hooked up with brother~in ~law Harry Morgan in the 80s that he really started paying attention to design and being Harry having a big name, Kirk said he wanted to be "one of those people".

It was Harry though who was the innovator of Old Pawn, Vintage Revival, Classic 1930s style Navajo jewelry that Kirk learned from and ended up surpassing him in. This  would become the style, that many of todays modern day Navajo silversmiths have jumped on the band wagon doing and repeated Kirk's style. He was the culprit you may say as to why we see SW jewelry so heavily oxidized.

Being the man he was, he believed in giving back and went on to teach others like Anthony Skeets, the Martinez family, and Fred and Dean Brown so in return they could help their families and  take the money from sales to  help others. His Grandfather once told him"When you leave something here, your name will always be here".


Pansy Johnson was just a teenager in the mid-70s when major fashion designers and celebrities bedecked themselves in turquoise and silver and helped to create a nationwide attraction and demand for Native American jewelry. It was a good time for Pansy,as she begun to make traditional Navajo silverwork at the age of 12 and was able in her high school days to earn extra money to buy herself cool clothes with the money she earned from silversmithing. Like many Navajo children,she was blessed with talented silversmith parents,who passed their knowledge of turning metal & stone to precious pieces of jewelry along to their children.

Gallup NM is often referred as the "Indian Jewelry Making Capitol"of the world,due to it's proximity to the reservation communities & traditional,vast lands of the Navajo people.It is here that Pansy was born & raised & into adulthood continued to practice & perfect her jewelry making talents.

Today,she can create most any beautiful jewelry design requested.Her speciality though,is the precise stone cluster work she does,that requires patience & skill,that only  few achieve.Her work is as precise as the late"Emma Lincoln" & with Emma unfortunately gone,Pansy is the lady to watch out for!!


Raised in Thoreau NM,Lee Charley's environment in jewelry,seemed like it couldn't be avoided..Back in '84 he was being taught & influenced by his mother Nellie,who was also a silversmith & whom he would help out.His brother is another phenomenal artist"Ernest Rangel" & Lee is married to Calvin Martinez's sister Karen.His son is Matthew Charley & started the same way Lee started & that was by helping out with the buffing & whatever else needed to be done..Matthew has gone on to take home 1st Place in the Gallup Ceremonies


World renown Award winner "Sunshine Reeves" is no beginner when it comes to creating jewelry,if not masterpieces.He is known for his  signature style stampwork,in not only what he uses to create jewelry,but for his fully stamped canteens, his fully stamped "Train" that he won "Best of Class" at the 1998 Indian Market here in Santa Fe & the prior year,winning "Best of Show" for his "Cowboy Coffee Set". The list is too long to list of this one artist's accomplishments.

He is the brother to Gary & Herman,while his 1/2 brothers are the "Cadmans".All are known in the industry & all hold a name,when it comes to quality & traditional,old school Navajo jewelry.


Presently living in LA,Calif.,Mario Romero originally came from El Salvador  & has worked side by side Federico Jimenez for many a year now.He works under the direction of Federico & nothing gets passed through Federico's inventory,without his "stamp of approval"..Mario uses more of a contemporary approach to design & also specializes in large Dove pieces,as well as Sacred Heart jewelry..Everything he masters,you can be guaranteed the work will be all made by his skilled hands.His work is precise & very well executed!! He follows Federico's signature"Statement" style,while maintaining an identifiable look of his own.


Randall Endito grew up in a family of silversmiths & learned his techniques from his parents.Born in Gallup on Jan.1,1980 to the Tangle Water into Bitter Clan,Randall continues  to live & work in New Mexico.You will find,clean lines & detailed stamping,along with scroll work, that gives him his unique style & makes patrons of Southwest jewelry, always being delighted with anything he brings to the table!


Arnold Blackgoat lives on the Navajo Reservation in "Black Hat"New Mexico...He has been silversmithing since the age of 8,by helping his Grandmother,"Helen Blackgoat & his well known Uncle"Carson Blackgoat".He stays extremely true to his culture & no matter how far artists grow & move into a more modern world,Arnold stays close to his Navajo roots when it comes to design.You will always get a more traditional Navajo style in all he makes..


Born in 1968 & raised in Gallup,NM,Donovan & his family now reside in the town of Gamerco,NM just outside Gallup.Inspiration & lessons can't help but be learned,if you come from the family that Donovan is a part of..After all, Donovan's older brothers are Andy & Darrell Cadman & his half  brothers,happen to be the renowned award winner Sunshine Reeves & Gary Reeves..But,whether a Cadman or a Reeves,they have one thing in common & that is, a element of apprenticeship & exhibit certain similarities in their work,with all of them keeping every thing they do,very traditional!


Readda wasn't a Begay all her life,but was a Martinez before marrying silversmith,Ernest Begay..She comes from a family who are well recognized  in the Navajo jewelry industry,which is the Martinez family.To name a few,her brothers are Calvin,Terry,Leon,Rick Martinez..And to have this type of influence,how could you not produce some of the finest jewelry?  Readda & Ernest live outside Gallup in a town called "Bread Springs",here in NM.


Navajo Gloria Begay is the widow of one of the most missed & more higher collectible passing artists in the industry.."KIRK SMITH".What better artist to have worked & learned from,but Kirk! Gloria was left with a true gift to be able to pass on to us,giving us the same quality workmanship,along with the same look..If you are familiar with Kirk's work,you will see a lot of similarities & if you didn't look at the hallmark,you may even think the piece was Kirk's.The vintage revival finished sterling (that Kirk was responsible for bringing to the industry),the way the stones are set & just the whole overall look,all remind you of Kirk's work. And just like Kirk,her work is super clean & precise,with the greatest attention to detail given to each & every piece she makes..Gloria is a collectible artist..


Raymond Bennett has been a silversmith since 1994. He lives in Gallup,NM,where he was born and raised. He learned his jewelry skills from his family members, including both his parents and his uncles.His work is traditional & gives each piece a more vintage style quality.


Ernest comes from the heart of the Navajo reservation on the Arizona side & happens to be the husband to another great artist "Readda Begay"(Please look  in my listings)..Ernest wasn't always a metal smith,but a coal miner,turned jeweler..After taking classes in jewelry making in HS,he ended up making jewelry,but put it on the back burner,so he could work...One day he decided to make a few great pieces & enter them in the highly recognized"Gallup Intertribal Indian Ceremony" that is jury judged event & happened to end up winning,Best of Show,Best in Category,1st,2nd & a few 3rd. places.The mine & the rest became history! He turned his attention to solely making jewelry,where he continues to create these award winning pieces..


It was a year ago that we lost Emma to a brain aneurysm & was considered one of the best & most collectible when it came to making cluster jewelry..It wasn't just the cluster work,but her meticulous workmanship that made her so much in demand.Cluster work is not something every artist enjoys doing,since it takes good dexterity to work with such small stones & also a lot of patience..But the end result that we all have had the privilege of witnessing,has been so rewarding.