Navajo Inlaid Knives by Doris Yazzie

Navajo silversmith Doris Yazzie purchases various knives, usually Buck or Schrade, that have wooden handles.

She then replaces portions of the wood with beautiful inlays of turquoise, lapis lazuli, coral, mother of pearl, acoma jet and sterling silver channels.

She adds her hallmark “DY” to one of the blades as well as “NAVAJO”.

What a good idea !!

Looking for a Peterson Johnson Pendant

Paula,

I have three pendant necklaces from Peterson Johnson and am looking for a fourth one. I love his designs and the store I had purchased them from in Wilkes Barre, PA no longer sells them. I love the blue turquoise, or green stones if possible. Do you carry anything like this, or know where I could find one?

Thanks, Kim

Hi Kim,

We just got in a batch of beautiful stone pendants made by Peterson Johnson. You can see them all by visiting the Stone Pendant Page but here are a few samples. His work is exceptional and unmistakable.

Paula


Lapis Pendant by Navajo artist Peterson Johnson, complete with hand made chain

Denim Lapis Pendant by Navajo artist Peterson Johnson

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.