Jewelry / Wearable Art


Native American Wearables

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Silver Sun-Santa Fe remote

The strong regional silversmithing tradition has influenced contemporary jewelry design in subtle ways. There is a spare, forceful quality to many of these works, making them seem like sculptures on an intimate scale. Materials are of paramount importance, including stones native to the area. Visitors find New Mexico jewelers stunningly original, setting trends rather than following fashion. There is so much fine art in this medium, along with the plethora of Indian jewelry, that it is truly a Collector’s paradise.

New Mexico boasts an ancient tradition of wearable art. Its native peoples had brought their handcrafted costumes and everyday clothing to a level of esthetic perfection before the first Europeans arrived. That tradition still influences every phase of contemporary wearable art, from elegant garments made of Pendleton blankets to the most heavily embroidered unique pieces.


Collector’s Resources

Albuquerque

Purple Sage Gallery | 505-450-4059
Cowboys & Indians Antiques | 505-255-4054
House of the Shalako rem By Appointment in Peralta | 505-242-4579
VSA North Fourth Art Center / N4th Gallery | 505-345-2872
Patrician Design | 505-242-7646
Sumner & Dene | 505-842-1400
Weems Galleries | 505-293-6133
Weyrich Gallery | 505-883-7410
Wright's Indian Art | 505-266-0120

Elsewhere in New Mexico

Galeria de Corrales 3923 Corrales Road | 505-890-4929
Corrales Bosque Gallery | 505-898-7203
Las Cruces Museum of Art | 575-541-2137

Santa Fe

EVOKE contemporary | 505-995-9902
The Karen Wray Gallery rem 2101 Trinity Drive Suite B-2 | 505.660.6382
GVG Contemporary | 505-982-1494
Charles Azbell Gallery | 505-988-1875
Joan Caballero Appraisals PO Box 822, Santa Fe, NM | 505-982-8148
Canyon Road Contemporary Art, Inc 403 Canyon Road | 505-983-0433
Chimayo Trading & Mercantile | 505-351-4566
Steve Elmore Indian Art | 505-995-9677
Folk Arts of Poland | 505.984.9882
Gerald Peters Gallery + Peters Projects | 505.954.5700
Giacobbe-Fritz Fine Art | 505.986.1156
The Johnsons of Madrid Galleries of Fine & Fiber Art | 505-471-1054
Keshi - The Zuni Connection | 505-989-8728
LewAllen Galleries | 505-988-3250
Manitou Galleries | 505-986-0440
Marigold Arts | 505-982-4142
Morning Star Gallery | 505.982.8187
Native American Art Appraisals, Inc. | 855.622.2462
Nedra Matteucci Galleries | 505-982-4631
Peyton Wright Gallery | 505-989-9888
Que Tenga Buena Mano | 505-983-2358
The Rainbow Man | 505-982-8706
Scarlett's Antique Shop & Gallery | 505.983.7092
Seppanen & Daughters Fine Textiles, Inc | 505.424.7470
Sherwoods Spirit of America | 505-988-1776
Shidoni Galleries / Sculpture Garden / Foundry | 505-988-8001
William Siegal Gallery | 505-820-3300
Tesuque Glassworks pic Bishop's Lodge Road | 505-988-2165
Tresa Vorenberg Goldsmiths | 505-988-7215
Vivo Contemporary rem 725 Canyon Road | 505-982-1320
Joe Wade Fine Art | 505-988-2727
Wadle Galleries Ltd pic 128 West Palace Ave | 505-983-9219
Roger Wilbur | 505.983.7885

Taos

Act I Gallery & Sculpture Garden | 575-758-7831
Artwares Contemporary Jewelry | 575-758-8850
La Tierra Mineral Gallery | 575-758-0101
Millicent Rogers Museum | 575-758-2462
Mission Gallery | 575-758-2861
Emily Benoist Ruffin Design | 575-758-1061
Wilder Nightingale Fine Art | 575-758-3255

Related Pages

Antique Indian Silver Jewelry article
Collecting Milagros article
Indian Trade Blankets article

Turquoise - The Fallen Skystone article
What is Heishi? article

Other Contemporary Craft Categories article

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