Debbie Silversmith

Debbie Silversmith

Debbie Silversmith is a Navajo-Italian artist from St. Michaels, AZ. Born on April 2, 1957 to the Honaghanii clan, Debbie was raised by her grandparents, and thus was “constantly involved with their influence, especially Grandpa,” she recalls. Her grandfather, Kenneth Begay, was a famous and talented jewelry artist and taught Debbie many jewelry skills, techniques, and styles. At around the age of 10, Debbie started helping her grandfather with his work. “He sold my first necklace – silver beads – when I was 12,” she remembers. Debbie also studied fine arts at Arizona State University under David Pimentel.

To this day, Debbie still practices the same techniques as her grandfather taught her. All her pieces are completely fabricated by hand, and she only uses a machine to buff. All casts are tufa overlay, another method influenced by her grandfather. Debbie also credits her designs to her grandfather, who is known for his strand bracelets, overlays, and shadowboxing from the 1930s.

Largely due to her upbringing, Debbie has not only developed an incredible talent for what she does, but also a strong passion and appreciation for jewelry and art. “Every day I try to wake up in beauty. I am very enthused by my culture and teaching. Every thing I look at seems to be art or I’ll make it. I have respect for all types of art,” says Debbie.


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.