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A phenomenal pair of 14kt gold earrings set with natural spiderweb turquosie from the Indian Mountain Mine in Nevada and accented by two coral beads. Robert Sorrell is one the finest metalsmiths out there, in our opinion. $1875 2.25 inches long. (Santa Fe)

Lyndon

Lyndon Tsosie fashioned this stunning bracelet inspired by a petroglyph motif and inlaid with lapis lazuli, coral, fossilized ivory and charoite and topped with a piece of wonderful, natural spiderweb turquoise from the Lone Mountain Mine. 5.25 inches with a 1 inch opening. Just over 2.5 inches across atthe widest point. $2400. (Santa Fe)

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victornecklace

Above: a three piece hinged choker with Butterfly Maiden, corn plant and rainclouds motifs by Victor with both his hallmark and that of Kopavi. 1.5 inches at the widest point. $3600. We have recently acquired two other necklaces by him and would be happy to e-mail you photos and details.

Victor Coochwytewa (1922-2011) A member of the Water Clan from Songoopavy Village on Second Mesa, he began silversmithing about 1940, working for over a half century. A traditional Hopi in all respects, he is famously quoted for saying

"Jewelry is my hobby; corn is my work".

He worked independently, then with the Hopi Guild and, beginning in 1975 for Kopavi in Sedona, Arizona where he produced stunning work in gold and even diamonds.

singerbuckle

A terrific belt buckle by the late, great Tommy Singer. 3.5 by 3 inches and set with natural spiderweb turquoise. Made for a 1 1/4 inch belt. $900. Tucson (we also have a pair of earrings and a long necklace by him in our Sante Fe store. E-mail us for photos and details)

BarbaraOsMoqui

When it comes to Navajo tapestries, Barbara Teller Ornelas is a living legend. This texile, 14.75 by 19.75 inches has a weft count of about 15 and a warp count well above 80...even using a magnifier and a straight pin I found it impossible to count. The weave is exceptionally fine. Adding the fine lines of white and a moderated red, the pattern powerfully evokes the night turning to deep blue as morning approaches, then white dawn and finally red dawn. $1800.