Myron Panteah

Myron Panteah

“Most jewelers are too serious.  Then jewelry just becomes a job,” says Myron Panteah with a pained look. It is clear that Panteah enjoys what he is doing.  For him, humor is life, and vice versa.  He jokes with customers, and many of his jewelry pieces depict obvious humor while others more subtle are discovered only when he is asked to tell their story.

“My jewelry is full of secrets, “ he says.  “I will tell them, but people will have to ask.”

If art is in the genes, Panteah is a good example of this phenomenon.  A third-generation jewelry, he learned his craft by watching his father and grandmother and playing with their jewlery-making tools.  His talent was immediately recognized by one of today’s best artistic eyes, Hopi jewelry Duane Maktima, who invited Panteah to be part of his Pueblo V Design Institute.

Panteah’s jewelry used to contain inlayed stones, but a few years ago he suffered a severe cut in the muscles of his right hand, causing him to lose the feeling in his thumb and first two fingers.  Since he can’t hold stones (though recently he has been trying again), he currently expresses himself through metalwork - traditional Navajo stamp and overlay.  “People love gold and silver combinations,” he explains.

Panteah’s continuing success lies in his approach.  “No one can identify a ‘Panteah style.’ I like to keep people guessing, to come back and see ‘What did Myron do this year?’.  I may be working in Japanese wood-grain metals, copper, and silver, with or without stones.  There’s something new everyday,” he laughs.

Myron Panteah passed away on March 3, 2016, we will miss him dearly. We love you Myron!!

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.