Aaron Toadlena

Aaron Toadlena

As a testament to the rich cultural influences of his people, this rare artist brings to life the true spirit of Native American jewelry arts. With a career over 35 years in the making, Aaron has become an accomplished silversmith, mastering the fine craft of stone inlay, as well as many other traditional Native American jewelry making techniques. He has received numerous awards at Gallup, New Mexico Ceremonial and his work is featured in museums and galleries around the world.

A resident of the Navajo reservation, Aaron now celebrates his success and growing recognition for his artistry, with a new line of “Vintage Revisited” traditional Native American jewelry designs of the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s.

“Creation” is perhaps the single word which best describes the talent which has been harnessed by Aaron Toadlena. He and his wife of over 35 years reside with their family, within the four sacred mountains of his people, the Dine, in the southwest highlands of  of Arizona.

All of the fine jewelry made by Aaron has been stamped with a handprint, which is symbolic of the Creators Five Finger clan. The creation of his jewelry evolves when his mind, heart, eyes and hands work in concert. The melody of the silver art work if from the well of his soul.

Aaron understands that his gift and talent are a blessing from the Holy People. He has sustained the livelihood of his family by working with stones which have very special meaning. Today, the elders of his people continue to make their offerings of white shell, turquoise, abalone shell and jet for the goodness of life near the natural streams. These stones are complimented with silver and gold, with the same thought in mind...the goodness of life. His fine art work is often created late in the evening or in the early dawn at the home of Toadlena - where the streams come together.

Sizing

Although the best way to test the size and fit of a piece of jewelry is to try it on in the store, we know that is not always an option. In an effort to help you choose the piece that is right for you, we have included measurements of each piece on the website. Here is how our measurements are defined:

Bracelets

Finding the right size bracelet for your wrist has always been a tricky endeavor, since, unlike rings, there isn't a standardized, universal sizing chart for wrist size. One reason for this is that we all have different shaped wrists, some of us have round wrists, while others have more oval. Bracelets, like wrists, also have different shapes.

So, while bracelet sizing will never be an exact science, we've done what we can to ensure the greatest chance of a comfortable fit. The best thing you can do if you don't know your wrist size is to take a soft measuring tape and loosely measure the circumference of your wrist at the point you plan on wearing it. Try not to have the measuring tape dig into your skin, as this will result in a smaller than ideal size. Once you have the circumference of your wrist, compare it to the chart below to find the correct bracelet size. If your wrist measures in-between two sizes, we recommend rounding up to the larger size. (ie: if your wrist measures 6.375"- you should shop for size "Medium" bracelets.)

 Wrist Circumference

Corresponding Bracelet Size

5.5"

XX-Small

5.75"

Extra-Small

6"

Small

6.25"

Small-Medium

6.5"

Medium

6.75" - 7"

Medium-Large

7.25"

Large

7.5"

Extra-Large

7.75"

XX-Large

8"

XXX-Large

 

You may want to drill down further on the bracelet sizing to make sure the cuff is a comfortable fit. You will notice on our website that we generally list four measurements for bracelets:

Keep in mind that certain bracelets can be adjusted slightly to fit your wrist, but those with inlay or stones all the way around will be damaged if bent. In any case, it is always best to check with with us to see if a particular bracelet is adjustable.

Lastly, have no fear! If you order a bracelet that doesn't fit, send it back for one that does! We want this to be a positive experience, you should never wear something that isn't 100% comfortable. More on our return policy here.

Buckles

Sizing belt buckles is pretty straightforward. The height and width are self-explanatory, and the belt width describes the maximum belt width the buckle will fit on.

Concha Belts

We try to include the height and width for the conchas, as well as the buckle (if different), and the width of the belt they are on. The length of the concha belts can be less important, because these belts are often made quite long to accommodate many waist sizes, and then can be shortened to fit the wearer. If you are concerned whether or not a belt will fit you, just ask. We are happy to size most of our concha belts before shipping.