Richard Chavez

Richard Chavez

Richard Chavez was born and raised in San Felipe Pueblo, one of the more conservative, traditional pueblo communities located alongside the Rio Grande River in New Mexico.

In the early 1970s, Richard worked as an architectural draftsman for Harvey S. Hoshour,  who came to Albuquerque after working for renowned German architect Mies Van de Rohe. During that time, Richard attended University of New Mexico's School of Architecture and began making jewelry in his free time to supplement his income.

Richard Chavez learned how to make heishi and turquoise necklaces from his grandfather, but soon taught himself silverwork. He applied the minimalist architectural philosophy he had learned to his jewelry designs, which emphasize purity, sparseness, and balance. In 1976, Richard left his architectural career to pursue jewelry full time.

Richard uses irregular cuts of stone and carefully selected color schemes to create his contemporary, chic pieces. He uses semiprecious and precious stones with turquoise as an accent color, so his jewelry stands out from other contemporary artists.

From start to finish, each piece of jewelry has many steps involved. Richard begins with a sketch to determine the design, then solders, sands, cuts, polishes, and finishes the lapidary process. Each step is done entirely by Richard, from purchasing the raw stone to cutting and grinding it into shape, and polishing it before it is set in gold or silver. Each stone requires at least 10 steps before it is ready for its final polish and setting.

Richard Chavez has earned name recognition thanks to the high standards he sets for his jewelry. His designs have won numerous awards since his first competition in 1976. In 1990, he stopped entering judged competitions, feeling he no longer required that type of validation. Instead, he finds the positive reactions and comments from the public to be more gratifying than awards.

Of his artwork he says, “When I first got into jewelry-making, my grandfather said, ‘Your talent doesn’t come from you, it comes from some outside source, so don’t ever take it for granted. Make sure you give your thanks and you share that gift that you have.’ So that’s what I try to do.”

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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.