Don Staats

Don Staats

Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Don Staats is an acclaimed Arizona artist with deep creative roots. Many of his family members shared his talent; his grandfather was a potter, his grandmother a world-renowned Ukrainian folk artist, and his father a painter.

Don began his career in 1958 when he opened his first art studio in Phoenix, Arizona. Since then, he has worked with many different media to hone his artistic skills and express his creative spirit. In 1962, Don moved to Los Angeles where he did freelance automotive design until he was hired by Carrol Shelby’s Cobra design group in 1963. Don worked designing signature Cobra cars until 1966 when a near-fatal car crash permanently changed his path.

After a two-year recovery period, Don Staats returned to University of Minnesota and later resumed his art career in Phoenix where he reopened his studio and focussed on bronze casting, oil painting, and jewelry making. It was during this time that Don mastered his metalworking skills for which he is best known today.

Don’s contemporary Southwest jewelry has been collected by art galleries, museums, and individuals since 1970. His work has been featured in numerous publications and has gained a following worldwide.

Part of the appeal of Don’s artistry is his use of many rare, semiprecious gemstones, which he has been collecting for some 40 years. His love for the color, shape, and natural variations in each stone is apparent in his jewelry, which combines materials such as sugilite, coral, lapis, charoite, spiny oyster shell, and turquoise (including Orville Jack). All of his materials are natural -- never dyed or stabilized. Don Staats hand-polishes and places each stone to create the unique, one-of-a-kind styling that classifies his work.

A proud father of a son and daughter, Don lives near Sedona, Arizona with his wife, Deb, who is also an artist. He works out of his home studio near Oak Creek where he gains inspiration for his artwork.


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.