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.

Native American Materials – Rhodochrosite

Rhodochrosite, Mother of Pearl, Opal and Sterling Silver Channel Inlay Braceley by Navajo Shirley Tso

Rhodochrosite, Mother of Pearl, Opal and Sterling Silver Channel Inlay Bracelet by Navajo Shirley Tso

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Rhodochrosite is a beautiful mineral with crystal like qualities that make it seem like it is lit from within. Pink and white bands and neighboring other colors of the manganese ore make for a variety of patterns and color combinations. The name rhodochrosite means rose-colored.

The first Native American Rhodochrosite pendant I saw looked good enough to eat. If you don’t think of a Neapolitan (chocolate, strawberry and vanilla) ice cream sundae with marshmallow topping, well……..

Yummy Navajo Rhodochrosite Pendant

Yummy Navajo Rhodochrosite Pendant

Colorado officially named rhodochrosite as its state mineral in 2002. While the mineral is found worldwide, large red crystals are found only in a few places on earth, and some of the best specimens have been found in the Sweet Home Mine near Alma, Colorado.


Navajo Sterling Silver and Rhodochrosite Bracelet and Pendant

Navajo Sterling Silver and Rhodochrosite Bracelet and Pendant