Concha belts, squash blossom necklaces, and turquoise rings have long been enjoyed both as decorative objects and as forms of expression. As with any art form, an understanding of the beauty of Navajo jewelry is enriched by an understanding of its origins and its development through time.
Navajo jewelry today celebrates the blending of two cultures: advanced technology blends with traditional techniques; handmade tools blend with the latest equipment; contemporary styles blend with age-old designs; the gentle beauty of natural turquoise gemstones blends with the glitter and gleam of gold. The modern world and Navajo tradition are blended together into beautiful works of art.
Beautifully illustrated with 100 photographs by Jerry Jacka, Lois Essary Jacka\'s discussion of the history of the Navajos and their jewelry.
- From the Back Cover
Navajo Jewelry—A Legacy of Silver and Stone
Lois Essary Jacka and Jerry Jacka
Softcover, first edition 1995. 135 pages, illustrated in color
Introduction: In the Beginning
One: The Origin of an Art
Two: Changing Times
Three: Silver, Stones, and Gold
Four: The Legacy
Afterword: Sharing the Dream
Index to Art