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Navajo Jewelry at its Finest

Nestled in Oak Creek Canyon, stands Garland’s Indian Jewelry – one of the finest collections of Native American jewelery, art, and pottery. Family run since 1985, this fine establishment services both Sedona natives and world-wide tourists alike. Before visiting this “museum” of wearable art, the first thing that came to mind when I heard the words “Navajo jewelry” were silver and turquoise. Let me tell you, it is so much more than that and some of my favorite pieces were actually crafted out of 14 karat gold! From bola ties, to belt buckles, to Navajo pearls, to squash blossoms, each have a special meaning and are worn with a purpose. No need to worry. Dan and the lovely Tricia will educate you on all of the jewels and symbolism behind them.

 

My very educational visit began with a look at the work of a spectacular artist, Ric Charlie. Ric Charlie’s designs stand out from more traditional Southwestern jewelry because of the color and intricate texture. Charlie accomplishes this with tufa casting (carving into stone then pouring gold into the pattern). Often polishing off his designs with diamonds and semiprecious stones, these works of art are the most impressive I’ve ever seen.

 

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Bracelets designed and crafted by Ric Charlie

 

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Assortment of silver and leather belts

 

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Woven Southwestern necklace and matching earrings

 

Antique squash blossom necklace – a representation of the Spanish-Mexican pomegranate

 

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Yours truly modeling the vintage squash necklace

 

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Strands of Navajo pearls

 

Close up of Lapis and gold “pueblo crosses” necklace with removable pendant by Jesse Monongya

Close up of Lapis and gold “pueblo crosses” necklace with removable pendant by Jesse Monongya

 

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The complete look – Lapis and gold “pueblo crosses” necklace by Jesse Monongya

 

Which piece is your favorite so far?! Add Garland’s to your Sedona trip itinerary and witness this selection of unique goods for yourself, or begin building your wishlist online today. A special thanks to Sharon A. for her assistance with this post.

 

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