Maria Samora

Maria Samora

Growing up in Taos, NM has provided me with a cultural and creative richness. Life in Taos is simple and beautiful and I believe that my jewelry is a personal expression of this simplicity. The purpose of my art is to accentuate the body and capture the movement of the human form, enhancing one’s personal beauty and grace with sophistication and elegance. My designs appeal to the senses and come to life on the body.

Natural and interplaying geometric forms are transformed into contemporary designs. Subtle textures, overlay, various patinas and the tonal play of mixed metals blend richly and create contrast and dimension. Hand-selected stones including diamonds and pearls are hammer-set with thick-gauge bezels. A signature series incorporates sterling silver bead chain in a distinct multi-piece line. The work finds form and distinction in its simplicity and clean elegance.

“My training has given me the technique to actually produce what’s in my head,” states the artist. “But I don’t stop there. I wear it. I test it. It might be an amazing design, but if it doesn’t lie right, feel right—if it’s not durable—people won’t wear it. And that’s the ultimate rush for me, to see it out there.”

In 2009, Maria became the poster artist for SWAIA’s Indian Market.  She was the youngest to have ever received such an award, the first jeweler, and one of only three other women selected in the market’s 88 year history.  Already, she’s been featured in at least 4 books on American Indian jewelry, and most recently, Maria took home the Best of Jewelry Award from the 2011 Heard Museum art market. 


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.