Ruby Haley

Ruby Haley

Ruby Haley grew up near Gallup, New Mexico in the community of Pinedale. Her grandmother, Annie Bahe Begay, was a Navajo weaver and taught Ruby the art of bead making when she was only six years old.  Ruby is the only grandchild who kept her grandparents’ bead making tradition going.  

Her daughters, Victoria and Veltenia, and her son, Ben, are now very accomplished bead makers.  Her nephew, Preston, has also been learning bead making over the last few years.  This makes five generations of Navajo bead makers.  Ruby’s granddaughters, Faith and Alliyah, are the sixth generation to continue this art. 

Ruby uses very traditional methods for crafting her silver bead necklaces. After dapping them (making them curved), she grinds the silver beads on a rock and strings them on a binder wire. After stringing the beads, Ruby uses Borax to clean them and then she sands all the edges. Once the necklace is completed, she uses a polishing wheel to give each silver necklace its bright appearance.

After making their jewelry, the Haley family burns sage and prays over each piece.  They pray that whoever wears their jewelry will be blessed, have good health, and happiness.

Beyond jewelry making, Ruby enjoys sewing and making cradle boards, traditional Navajo wedding dresses, quilts, and western shirts.  The Haley family all live in New Mexico.  They are all kind people who are warm and loving to everyone they meet!

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.