Feature Friday - Highlighting Southwestern Jewelry Artisans

This past week, I've been focusing on the Southwest Style.  Monday will be the finale of the theme with styling tips to bring a little of the 'flavor' to your world.  

But in the meantime, and in keeping with the theme, instead of focusing Feature Friday on just one of the many talented and amazing artisans who call this style of design "home;" I wanted to showcase several.  So I hope that you enjoy this Feature Friday post as a little diversion from our typical Q&A style.  

Ray Tracey Designs - The Native Samurai Collection
Navajo artist Ray Tracey has grown up with a life-long love of jewelry from his original home state of Arizona.  His passion and creativity are inspired by the natural wonders which surround him.  His designs feature inlay stonework in gold and sterling silver.

Cuff Bracelet, $430

Flower Half Round Earrings, $230.

Flower Oval Ring, $210

Round Pendant, $195

Inlay Narrow Band Ring, $150

Sunburst Square Yei Pendant, $390

Kenneth Aguilar - Bold, Statement Necklaces
Kenneth Aguilar is known for his artistry in creating beautiful contemporary Native American jewelry featuring stunning natural stones with vibrant colors and huge impact. 

3-Strand Spiny Oyster shell necklace, $695.

5-Strand Multi-Stone necklace, $750.

3-Strand Kingman Turquoise heishi beads, $475.

Duane Maktima Studio/Gallery - Bracelets
From Santa Fe, New Mexico, Duane Maktima creates some amazing bracelet cuffs utizling sterling silver, gold and colorful stones.  His jewelry is featured in some of the finer musuem gift shops and boutique stores throughout the American southwest.  

Sterling silver bracelet inlaid with boulder opal, gem silica, rosarita & 14k gold.

Sterling silver bracelet set with Horse Canyon Agate & 14k gold.

Hand-stamped sterling silver bracelet.

Sterling silver inlaid bracelet with rosarita, chrysoprase, gem silica & 14k gold.

Inlaid with rosarita, gem silica & 14kt gold, this bracelet is hammer textured.

The Q&A format will be back next Friday with yet, another, amazing designer!

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