Navajo silversmith Peterson Johnson’s work is unique and amazing

Navajo silversmith Peterson Johnson

Peterson Johnson is a self-taught Navajo artist who has won numerous awards throughout the Southwest and whose work is sought by collectors around the world. He was born in 1956 and began creating silverwork in 1976. He is very well known for his traditional Navajo jewelry, which shows meticulous workmanship and has a distinctive Peterson flair.

Peterson is known among fellow artists as “the machine” because he is SO meticulous in every detail of his work. The box clasps on his bracelet watches, for example, are finely tuned works of art. All of his jewelry is crafted with skill and precision to last a lifetime and be passed along to many generations.

Watch Bracelet by Peterson Johnson

Rhodochrosite Ring by Navajo silversmith Peterson Johnson

Kingman Turquoise braclet by Peterson Johnson

Lapis Bracelet by Peterson Johnson

Peterson and his wife Alyce live in Gallup, New Mexico and travel to art fairs and pow wows year round throughout the USA displaying Peterson’s silver work and Alyce’s beadwork.

13 thoughts on “Navajo silversmith Peterson Johnson’s work is unique and amazing

  1. Beautiful silver…I cherish my watch band and ring made my Peterson. Purchased it in “Old Town”, Albuquerque. Definitely will never let it go!

  2. Does Peterson do work in buffalo turquoise? I own his ring bracelet and earrings. Would love the same in white buffalo Turk.


  3. I recently bought the dry creek ring with feather and flower from shop in Albuquerque and I’m absolutely in love with it. Thank you!

  4. I have a turquoise stone that I would like to have made into a bolo tie by Peterson Johnson. Can anyone tell me how to contact him directly? Thank you.

  5. Can you please give me a phone number or email for Peterson and Alyce? I’ve known him over 25 years and the phone number I have doesn’t work.

  6. I’m looking for a silver cuff with a river design in brass. In the brass squiggly design are silver shavings. Bought in Santa Fe on the Plaza. Looking for another one. Inside it says PJ navajo sterling.


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