From the heart of Native America >> Native South West Jewelery
When I started Silveratti, I had no idea the number of people I’d end up connecting with- especially people from the silver world – my dream world! Thanks to Silveratti, I’ve had the opportunity to interact with extremely talented and interesting people across the globe, who are themselves fascinated by Silver.
One such pleasant surprise was Jim Manley of Native South West Jewelry . He dropped by at Silveratti and I happened to follow his footprints , only to land on his gorgeous space. I had published earlier, a post of native American Jewelery, and here was a sleek site dealing with just that. Native South West Jewelery showcases some of the finest and authentic Native American jewelery. See for yourself by visiting the site– I am posting some of my favourite pieces here. I find their accessories and bracelet section, most inspiring.
In Jim’s own words-
We are located here in the heart of Native America, Gallup, New Mexico. We are surrounded by the Navajo Nation, Zuni, Hopi, Acoma and Laguna Pueblos. Many, many others are close by. All of our handmade and handcrafted pieces only come from local Native American artists. We believe that it is important to support our local community and the artisans that make it up.
Sterling and fine silver are the the most popular mediums for these artists to work in. We even have three local silver retailers to meet the demand, Thunderbird Supply Company (thunderbirdsupply.com), Indian Jewelry Supply Company and Academy Silver. The artists range in skills from inlay, overlay, silver smithing, lapidary, potters, weavers, beaders and many more.
Many of the designs that you see on our site have been passed down from generation to generation and belong to specific families. Most pieces are individually marked with the artists own stamp.
We are very careful who we buy from, and are very concerned about the integrity of our products and the Native Jewelry trade as a whole. We are currently working on developing more detailed descriptions for the pieces listed on our website to give our customers a better sense of what these pieces mean, and the artists that make them.
Thank you, Jim. Do share new collections and interesting aspects of jewelery making with Silveratti, whenever you can 🙂 . Here’s wishing you luck in the marvelous job that you are doing with the artisans!
So long then, folks!