Perry Shorty

Perry Shorty

Silversmith Perry Shorty, born in 1964, has been making jewelry since 1988, using traditional techniques to create jewelry in a style reminiscent of the 1940s. His work might be defined as a revival of the elegant classic jewelry of that period. Shorty makes most of the stamps used to imprint designs into the silver. “I try to keep things simple,” he says. “The old smiths didn’t have a lot of tools and materials to work with, and I like doing it their way.”

Twisted-wire designs and delicate scrolls, all made from silver wire, are meticulously hand-fashioned as is all of his work. His ideas come from studying early jewelry in museums and galleries, and at fairs where the Navajo people wear their old jewelry. Yet each piece is unique. “I often design a piece as I go along,” he explains, “not knowing exactly how the finished piece will look until it nears completion. On the other hand, I sometimes know just what I want from the start. I try to work with the stones — they dictate the style.”

This jewelry represents the use of many techniques: fabrication (squash blossoms and beads of necklace, bezels for stones and general assembly of pieces), tufa casting (naja and squash blossom stems of necklace); stamping (concha belt and pin, lower right), repousse (raised portions of concha belt), twisted wire designs (pin, bracelet, and border of large stone in naja), drawn wire designs (bracelets and pin), filing (indented rings around squash blossoms), and appliqué of small silver balls (bracelets, pin, and squash blossom petals).


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.