David and Alice Lister

David and Alice Lister

Alice and David Lister met each other many years ago when they were childhood neighbors. They were bussed together to school in Holbrook, Arizona, during their grade school and high school years. Many years later they married in the early 1970’s.  They have seven children and three grandchildren.  Their daughters, Dee Nez and Clarissa Hale, continue on with the family tradition of silversmithing and jewelry-making. The Lister’s also raise cattle and horses on their ranch in the northeastern Arizona town of Dilkon.  Alice and David are two very talented artists who bring many years of experience and exploration to their artwork.

Alice Lister recalls watching her brother-in-law, Charles Singer, make jewelry when she was a young girl. She also remembers her mother’s jewelry collection, and she likes to think back to that collection when she designs her contemporary pieces. Alice’s fascination with her brother-in-law’s work and her mother’s collection of “big” jewelry gives Alice inspiration to create the designs you see in her jewelry today. Alice is also an adept quilter and crafts quilts that mimic Navajo rug designs.

David Lister has the ability to look at a piece of jewelry and recreate it with an unbelievable eye for detail. David started silversmithing and making jewelry in 1973 soon after he married Alice. He is a very creative and well-rounded artist with many talents. He learned silversmithing from his father, Clarence Lister, and has skill and interest in saddle making, leather work, painting and carving. David also makes spurs by hand. He attributes his ability to create interesting handmade stamps to his leather working and saddle making days.

Alice and David love the older, more traditional style of jewelry and prefer to use heavy silver in their pieces. The Lister’s are known for their hand-cut stones and choose the best green turquoise to use in their pieces. Their handmade artwork spans across bracelets, concha belts, earrings, rings, hair barrettes, belt buckles, and necklaces.  Their pieces are adorned with colorful multi-colored stones, such as sugilite, coral, and turquoise. Alice are David are the sweetest couple and represent all aspects of the Navajo culture that we truly admire. We are their biggest fans and just love them!

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.