Me-Wee and Nick Rosetta

Me-Wee and Nick Rosetta

Husband and wife, Nick and Me-Wee Rosetta, are both from the Santo Domingo Pueblo. Their pueblo is halfway between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. They are known for their liquid silver, gold necklaces, and small bead heishi necklaces all using natural material. Nick and Me-Wee’s hallmark is “NMR”, which are the first initials of their names and last name. 

As in prehistoric times, when pueblo peoples obtained their materials by means of a vast trade network, the Rosettas also obtain their materials from many different places.  Their turquoise is purchased from mines in Arizona and Nevada, they get serpentine from Custer, South Dakota, and their pipestone from Pipestone, Minnesota.  Given the chance, they will gather the raw material themselves from all over the world; some necklaces contain materials from Australia, Peru, and Canada.

Me-wee learned her craft from her grandfather Tomasito Tenorio.  Nick learned his craft from his parents, Ray and Mary Rosetta, who were the first to make liquid silver in the early 70’s. There are many jewelry artists in the Rosetta family, including Nick’s brother, Johnny Rosetta, who is well known for his work.

Though they use modern tools, the Rosettas continue to make by laborious hand processes all of their beads - stone, shell, and silver.  Nick does most of the lapidary work - cutting, grinding, sanding, and polishing. Handmade liquid silver is all hand-drawn and hand-cut, meaning that each bead is pulled through a draw plate until it’s the right size. Nick offers a hint for distinguishing hand-drawn liquid silver from machine-made: handmade liquid silver has a small line in each bead where the silver comes together.  Me-Wee does the stringing of the beads on fine wire, often with stunningly imaginative effects.

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.