October 21st, 2014 Last Updated on: October 21st, 2014
These jewelry pieces are truly a work of art! I would be honored to wear any of these, even if just for a day. You can find these pieces and more at The National Museum of the American Indian in New York at their new exhibit, Glittering World.
Glittering World presents the story of Navajo jewelry through the lens of the gifted Yazzie family of Gallup, New Mexico—one of the most celebrated jewelry making families of our time. The silver, gold, and stone inlay work of Lee Yazzie and his younger brother, Raymond, has won every major award in the field. Their sister Mary Marie makes outstanding jewelry that combines fine bead- and stonework; silver beads are handmade by other sisters.
Glittering World—featuring almost 300 examples of contemporary jewelry made by several members of the Yazzie family—shows how the family’s art flows from their Southwest environs and strong connection to their Navajo culture. With historic pieces from the museum’s collections, the exhibition places Navajo jewelry making within its historical context of art and commerce, illustrates its development as a form of cultural expression, and explores the meanings behind its symbolism.
Check out this video with the Yazzie family and their beautiful creations:
Glittering World runs November 13, 2014–January 10, 2016 in New York, NY. For more information visit http://nmai.si.edu/visit/newyork/.
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