Na Na Ping

Na Na Ping

Na Na Ping is recognized worldwide as a highly talented Native American contemporary jeweler. His numerous awards and the masterfully created jewelry for which he is known have given him an exceptional reputation for his cutting-edge, modern inlay jewelry.

While his extensive knowledge of stonecutting comes from many years of practicing his inlay techniques, Na Na Ping’s lifelong inspiration comes from his uncles who were master lapidary artists and jewelers.  His advanced lapidary techniques allow him to be versatile and dramatically transform high-grade, natural stones into the exquisite inlay jewelry that is treasured by collectors from Arizona to Japan.

Na Na Ping is a Pascua Yaqui from the Village of Guadalupe, located outside of Tempe, Arizona. His cultural beliefs and ties to the tribal elders have always been intuitively strong. Yaqui elders carry the tradition of their origin, which speaks of the Pascua Yaqui as the “Yomea,” meaning “the people,” coming from the stars to live where they are today. Many of Na Na Ping’s works detail the universe with its stars and planets in his inner-beauty jewelry pieces, which depict these symbols on the inside of his jewelry to recognize that beauty comes from within. 

Na Na Ping’s designs are original, handmade works of art. He works in both gold and silver and uses the finest natural stones available in today’s world market.  He resides with his family on the Nambe Pueblo Indian Reservation near Santa Fe, New Mexico. When he first came to live with the Tewa people, he was given the Tewa Indian name “Na Na Ping” by a tribal elder and grandfather to his wife.  Na Na Ping translates in English to Aspen Mountain.

Na Na’s son, Michael Dukepoo, is following in his father’s footsteps and is also an accomplished silversmith.

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.