Norbert Peshlakai

Norbert Peshlakai

Navajo artist Norbert Peshlakai was born on May 6, 1953 in Fort Defiance, AZ. His parents are Ben and Lydia Stevens Peshlakai of Crystal, New Mexico and he is the oldest of nine kids. His mother, Lydia, is a master in Crystal rug weaving. All five of Norbert’s sisters and one brother are weavers of Navajo rugs.

While studying at Highland High School, Norbert Peshlakai’s creativity and innate artistic abilities became evident as he began to paint and sketch. Norbert also excelled in cross country running while in high school, which helped him get into Haskell Indian Junior College, where he continued to learn the art of painting.

One fateful day, a misunderstanding by an advisor caused Norbert to enroll in the house painting class. “I ended up in the wrong building where a paint brush, pail, and overalls were given to me,” said Norbert. He switched out of the house painting class and decided to “just” enroll in a jewelry class, to fulfill his art credits.

Norbert says he never took the jewelry class seriously and started to ditch classes. One day at the end of the semester, the instructor advised him to get to work and produce six pieces of jewelry for a passing grade. Norbert said it was then, while he was working on the  pieces for a class he originally had not planed on taking, that he found his hidden talent for jewelry. This talent eventually made him one of the top master Indian jewelers.

Norbert Peshlakai made his first silver pot in the late 1970s. He makes his own stamps from concrete nails, and has developed his own styles of textures and overlays, for which he is best known. Norbert has been awarded countless ribbons at the Santa Fe Indian Market, The Heard Museum’s Indian Show, The Pueblo Grands Indain Show, and other prestigious shows for his impressive work. Norbert Peshlakai’s last name in Navajo, Beeshlagaii, appropriately means silver and his chosen hallmark means vision. He is well-respected among artists and collectors alike for his creativity.

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.