Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family

Lois Sherr Dubin
Photos by Kiyoshi Togashi and Michael Waddell

When you think “southwest” or “Navajo” jewelry, you probably think big honking belt buckles, silver conchos (flatted “platters” of silver), and chunky turquoise rings at tourist shops. This style of jewelry is mostly knock-offs of the fantastic artistry created by generations of the  Yazzie family.

While much of their jewelry is large and heavy, the details are exquisite. Pieces takes years to piece together from finally carved bits of turquoise, coral, silver, gold and other precious elements. The intricate details and mindbogglingly complex and visually stunning. A collection of magnificent artistry.