The Navajo Indian Nation is
considered to be the largest
producer of Native American
silversmiths and fine-art
jewelers in North America.
Jewelry made by Navajo Indians,
who refer to themselves as
Dineh, include styles of
sandcast pieces of silver with
turquoise, and die stamping on
silver and gold.
They are famous for their naja
pendants and squash blossom
bead jewelry and necklaces.
Navajo Indians also have a
tradition of creating hollow
silver jewelry beads, and silver
and turquoise jewelry including
necklace designs, bracelets and
Navajo silverwork is
characterized by an emphasis on
the silver, with turquoise
sometimes used merely to
enhance the beauty of the metal.
|Both Navajo Indian women and the men create and wear strings
turquoise beads. Navajo Indians portray ancient and sacred designs in
their jewelry, many ideas coming from Indian sand paintings and
ceremonial symbols. Copyright 2012