Joe and LeJeune Chavez are a husband-and-wife team working together creating a unique style of sterling silver and intricate beadwork jewelry. Joe began his jewelry career by helping his father polish his pieces. Joe’s individual style evolved into a mixture of traditional pueblo jewelry combined with more contemporary designs. Joe not only creates beautiful pieces of sterling silver jewelry, he also blends overlay with cutout work creating what he calls “texture on overlay” jewelry. Many of his pieces feature natural stones.
LeJeune draws her inspirations and designs from her multi-tribal heritage of pueblo and Seminole. She uses a mix of styles and materials in her original designs of natural stones, shell, antique beads, and Swarovski crystals.
Joe and Le Jeune’s unique style of jewelry style has been featured at the Heard Museum, the Eiteljorg, and Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe Indian Art Market, and the Red Earth Native American Art Show.