Jewelry started millions of years ago as a form of wearable art, and evolved to take many additional forms over the years. It became a measure of currency, elements of religious worship, ego and self-esteem status symbols, and even collectibles.
Native Americans expanded the use of jewelry to include storytelling. Many of the symbols and figures in their jewelry tells of their origins, of their relationship with Mother Earth, and even stories of their culture.
Katie and Michael have spent many years traveling throughout the American Southwest, listening to the stories of Native American culture. That culture has evolved significantly over the past four hundred years, due to the incursion of Europeans. In concert with this cultural evolution, Native American styles of jewelry have similarly evolved, and today’s contemporary jewelry is stunning.