Curtis Pete

Curtis Pete

Curtis Pete is a young Navajo-Hopi silversmith born in Parker, Arizona. He moved to the reservation when he was four years old and was raised by his grandparents. He attended boarding school through his elementary years.    His secondary education was locally, at Tuba City High School and then on to Phoenix College.

When Curtis was 27, he began learning the techniques of silversmithing from his uncle, Robert Yellowhair. After branching out on his own,  he specialized in traditional designs and styles. Over the years, he has also learned and mastered the working of gold.  His overlay and stampwork is clean, well -executed, and lends itself beautifully to the concha belts, bracelets, necklaces,  rings and earrings he currently creates.

Curtis has a unique ability to transform traditional symbols into very distinctive contemporary designs that always blend with the shape of the jewelry piece he has made. He is considered one of the best traditional silversmiths on the basis of his skill level and design ability.

1993 proved to be a banner year for this talented artist. At the exciting and prestigious Gallup Ceremonial show his entered buckle received a Blue Ribbon.  His second entry, a necklace, took First Place there.  He also entered  a  show at Aspen, Colorado that same year and was the recipient of a First Place Award for a beautifully executed necklace and pendant. Since that year he has not felt the need to compete in additional shows.


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:


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











6.75" - 7"











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.


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.