The combination of turquoise and silver is enjoying a resurgence in popularity not seen since the 1970s. Below we highlight four jewelers from our #RioJeweler Instagram community who tagged exciting examples of this trend, which we’re happy to see has re-emerged.
Meet Sara, the silversmith behind Hideko, who began apprenticing with artists of the Navajo Nation in the summer of 2014 after a time spent pining to learn the trade she found so captivating. Her heirloom-quality pieces are 100 percent handmade, and she shares her in-progress works and recently completed pieces on her Instagram account, @sarahideko.
Three Wolves Trading
Shea Windley of @threewolvestrading has traveled the U.S. to curate a gorgeous collection of vintage Native American jewelry. The special pieces selected for the collection are as unique as the individuals who purchase them. This delightful Instagram gallery is a font of inspiration for designers seeking a glimpse of traditional silver and turquoise designs from various makers.
Works by Canadian jeweler Vita Hoyles appear inspired by natural forms and traditional themes. Her Instagram account, @woodbisonmetal, features handmade turquoise and silver jewelry that echoes a Southwestern legacy and sometimes employs a modern sensibility.
Rashel Fitchett, owner of @pacificcrestsilver was inspired to learn silversmithing after finding two garnets during a walk on the Pacific Crest Trail. She works from a home studio, lead by her passion to work in silver, creating what she calls “hand-wrought, rustically-designed, silver jewelry.” If you look closely, you’ll find an image of those two garnets in her Instagram gallery.
These examples are just a tiny slice of the incredible work out there, so, we invite you to share your turquoise and silver designs. Simply use the #RioJeweler hashtag when you post to your social media accounts on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.