Navajo Silversmith Jerry Cowboy
Jerry Cowboy

Jerry was taught silversmithing by Louise and Frank Cowboy. He started learning the art of silversmithing at age ten. Jerry has been silversmithing for over forty three years. Jerry's specialty is how he incorporates modern non-traditional silversmithing techniques into traditional Navajo style of silversmithing.

Jerry can create jewelry by sand casting and can inlay stones into jewelry. Jerry likes to make one of kind pieces of jewelry. His clans are the "Edge Water People" and "Sleep Rock People".

Navajo Silversmith Jimmy Brown
Jimmy Brown

Jimmy self-taught himself silversmithing by watching other silversmiths create pieces of jewelry. He started silversmithing in 1995. Jimmy is an Army veteran of 14 years. Jimmy's specialty in silversmithing is the accurate stamping technique. The technique involves hammering a cut out stamp onto a piece of silver to create different designs.

Jimmy is an avid sand caster. The designs he uses are the traditional style of Navajo silversmithing techniques of stamping, bump outs, and cut outs. His clans are the "Edge Water People" and "Red Running into the Water People".

Navajo Silversmith Christopher Tom
Christopher Tom

Chris specializes in making contemporary and traditional Navajo style jewelry. Chris learned to silversmith under the guidance of both his mother and father who were silversmiths. He started out as a stone cutter before he learned how to silversmith. Chris can inlay stones and tufa cast.

Chris has been creating Navajo style jewelry for the last seventeen years. Chris is also known for his "Miss Teen Princess" pageant crowns; two of which were commissioned by The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and one by Chuska Boarding School for the "Chuska Boarding School Princess". His clans are the "Black Streak People" and the "Salt People."

Navajo Silversmith Lester Craig
Lester Craig

Lester started by watching his late mother, Marie Craig and learned with his late brother-in-law, Robinson Kelly. Practicing at the age of 13, he started on his own when he was a freshman at Wingate High School in 1976, and has continued with traditional and a bit of contemporary with silver.

Lester’s leaf work design with turquoise and traditional stamp are primarily on bracelets and necklaces. His specialty is reticulated bracelets without soldering. “Hardly anyone does it anymore due to it being expensive and requiring lots of silver.” Lester’s clans are Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan) and Bit’ahnii (Folded Arms People).

Navajo Silversmith Howard Begay
Howard Begay

Howard's influence was his grandfather, Luke Begay, but it was his uncle Kenneth Begay of Many Farms who taught him at the age of 13 to work with copper. His specialty is traditional design with shank, wires and turquoise. He beautifully creates rings, bracelets, and necklaces mostly in sterling silver, but enjoys creating bracelets with turquoise the most.

Howard has been recognized numerous times for his jewelry entries at the Navajo Nation Fair, Gallup Inter-tribal Ceremonial and Arizona & New Mexico State Fair art competitions. His clans are Ta’neeszahnii (Badlands/Tangle People) and Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan), and is from Pinon, Arizona.

Navajo Silversmith Charles Johnson
Charles Johnson

Charles was taught silversmithing from his parents at about the age of 15, and continued to learn on his own during the summers. His parents are lifetime silversmith’s with his mother’s family having 5 generations, and his father’s family with 2 generations. Charles has worked full-time as a silversmith since the age of 20. He first started inlaying at the age of 13 for a few years while learning both.

Starting with traditional Navajo jewelry, Charles then went into Navajo contemporary jewelry, then onto the Western style with swirl design cutouts. The majority of his jewelry are cutout overlay on bracelets, and buckles with Petroglyph designs (Anasazi drawings). He also enjoys bracelet overlay with Western style and swirl design. Charles’ clans are Ashii (Salt People) and Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan).