Jennifer Curtis

Jennifer Curtis

Jennifer says much of what she learned about making Navajo jewelry was taught to her by her father, Thomas Curtis, Sr., an award-winning silversmith. "He stressed the importance of patience, tolerance, perseverance, and quality...I've always had a great relationship with my dad." Born and raised on the Navajo Reservation near Winslow, Arizona, Curtis now lives with her husband, Ray, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. "From the time I was about eight years old, I hung around my father's workbench, helping him with buffing, polishing, filing, and so on." Her inspiration comes from her family and Dinetah (the Navajo homeland). "The rug design I etch comes from my grandmother's weaving. Other symbols are inspired by the landscape I grew up with: the clouds and canyons."

She became more serious about her own art career while in her 20s and developed the contemporary style that she is now known for. This style is grounded in such age-old traditions as hand-hammering, stamping, and the use of heavy-gauge metal.

Her silver vessels, wine goblets and bracelets are her-most popular designs although she also makes earrings, buckles and rings. Recently Jennifer added gold and inlay work to her list of styles.  "Besides my dad, I am inspired especially by Navajo jeweler Raymond Yazzie and Hopi jeweler Sonwai [Verma Nequatewa]."  Another creative influence on her art has been her uncle, jeweler Billy Betoney.  Jennifer's love for her work is strengthened by the bond she feels with her materials. "All the elements I work with (the silver and the stones), come from Mother Earth."

Jennifer has a competitive side that also adds to her work. "When somebody says something is impossible to do I like trying to meet that challenge. But I also want to stay humble and remember how my loved ones have always been there for me."

Her creations have garnered numerous awards since 1994. "If you want to be recognized you must do the job right," she says quietly. "What my work represents is what I want someone to see in me-that I care about what I make ... The awards are great honors, but the most important accomplishment is meeting the standards of my family ... I want my work to be as good as a handshake."








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, and always have a professional jewelry perform the adjustment.

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 is 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.