Navajoland – vast, sun drenched and breathtaking in beauty – is the childhood home of one of its native daughters, Artie Yellowhorse. Being a third-generation jeweler, Artie has the background and experience to represent the finest in Navajo jewelry. Like a magician who uses illusion to transform objects, Artie makes simple silver and gemstones into wondrous works of art, only there is no magic behind it. Rather, it is hard work and her dedication to perfection that makes her exquisite jewelry stand out.
Artie feels her interest in jewelry design began with her grandfather, Curthair Yellowhorse, a renowned Navajo medicine man, who initiated the Yellowhorse family tradition of working in silver and turquoise. This tradition has been passed down and refined by each Yellowhorse generation to the present time. All the descendants of Curthair Yellowhorse have made significant contributions to the art of silversmithing, working in facets of this medium.
Artie Yellowhorse, as a member of this tradition, began working at the art when she was twelve years old. As the years passed and the demand for contemporary silverwork increased, Artie recognized the need to organize her family members into a single business. This would give them the ability to create enough pieces to meet the ever-increasing demand for fine Navajo jewelry.
In 1979, Artie began the family business out of her home in New Mexico with four family members. Soon many other members of her clan, “Kee aa ona,” meaning “Towering House,” accepted the opportunity to work under Artie’s direction. The high quality and style of Artie’s jewelry has earned her reputation and recognition. Artie has been invited to exhibit her jewelry in art shows, galleries and museums throughout the United States.