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Native American jewelry is not merely a fashion accessory. The best pieces are collectibles that are highly valued by discerning buyers. They are often viewed as priceless heirlooms as well to be passed on for generations. Their unique designs are attributed to the way they are made traditionally by hand using techniques that older generations of Navajo silversmiths have practiced for centuries. Moreover, the use of one-of-a-kind precious stones (i.e. turquoise), adds further character to them. Kirk Smith is one of the artists you should consider if you are looking for high-quality stylish silver Native American pieces that are notable for their intricate designs and use of high grade turquoise.
Kirk Smith was from the Kiyaa Alani Shush Dine (Towering House Bear People) clan of the Dine tribe. At age seven, he was already exposed to silversmithing and primitive tools by helping his grandpa, John Smith, work on silver in his humble workshop. He then learned sand casting from his family. In the 1980s, he was able to make a living from full-time silversmithing, while being mentored by his brother-in-law, Harry Morgan, another famous silversmith. What sets Kirk Smith jewelry apart from the creations by other artists is his use of traditional Navajo style set with high-grade stones.
Bracelets are among the most notable types of Kirk Smith jewelry. Some examples are those that feature the high-grade Turquoise Mountain spiderweb gems, which are set on intricately stamped heavy gauge sterling silver bezel. The pieces have an eye-catching appeal, so they are sure to gain anyone’s attention when seen in your jewelry collection.
Although Kirk Smith passed away in September 2012 when he was 55, his jewelry remains sought-after by the most avid collectors of Native American pieces. His jewelry may be rare now, but fine pieces can still be found at established and reputable retailers of fine Native American jewelry and rare natural American turquoise in the US. If you are thinking of investing in his pieces, make sure that you buy them only from an authorized seller that can provide a certificate of authenticity with the item. The certificate should assure collectors of his name and tribal affiliation, the value of the Kirk Smith jewelry, and the materials he used.
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