This beautiful book examines the first century of Navajo and Pueblo metal jewelry-making in the American Southwest.
Beginning in the late 1860s, the region's native peoples learned metalworking and became accomplished silversmiths.
Their work was united with a long-standing native traditon of beads and ornaments made from turquoise and other natural materials.
The cross-cultural appeal of this jewelry continued into the mid-1900s, despite competition from tourist jewelry and mass-produced imitations.
By the 1950s and 1960s, masters such as innovators Kenneth Begay and Charles Loloma created a legacy of fine art jewelry that is prized today.
This development is discussed in the context of social changes and adaptations over the century.
A values reference guide is also provided.