Cheryl Yestewa

Cheryl Yestewa

My name is Cheryl Marie Yestewa, I am Hopi and Navajo. I was born on the Hopi Reservation at Keams Canyon, Arizona in May 1958. My father, Carroll Yestewa was from the Villages of Kykotsmovi and Old Oraibi in northern Arizona. He was best known to carve the happy watermelon eating clown Kachinas, in his earlier years he also worked with watercolors, ink drawing and silversmithing. My mother, Mabel Begay is from Lower Greasewood south of Ganado, Arizona. My parents were sweethearts and married soon after school.

My fondest childhood memories are of living with my grandparents and great-grandparents. I can still remember following my great-grandfather around our fields out at Hopi, planting and hoeing the corn, squash, beans, melons, playing and just generally having a great time. We moved to Phoenix, Arizona where I grew up. As a child I always had an interest in pretty rocks and plain ones too! I remember one family vacation when I dragged my mother out in the drizzling rain in eastern Wyoming to go rock hounding for some Sweetwater agate, so my passion started when I was young. I met my husband and started to work with silver and gemstones.

I have always tried to let the stones be the center, just enhance never overpower, bring out the beauty of the stone. I use the best materials available, always natural and untreated. My sense of design and execution is of course from a woman’s perspective; I strive for simplicity, elegance, and timeless style. My greatest joy is when customers tell me how wonderful the jewelry feels to wear on their body. 

I am honored to have a necklace in the National Museum of the American Indian Collection and the Heard Museum has two of my necklaces in their permanent collection.

In the past I have attended or participated in the Gallup Ceremonial, Santa Fe Indian Market, Heard Museum Show, Arizona State Fair, New Mexico State Fair, Museum of Northern Arizona Hopi Show, and many Private Gallery Exhibitions. I have received awards from all.

Cheryl is now Featured Artist in “Contemporary Southwestern Jewelry” by Diana Pardue w/ The Heard Museum.

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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.