Navajo silversmith Steve Arviso creates jewelry inspired by old Navajo styles with an emphasis on the natural beauty of the stone. He does not believe in forcing his turquoise to become anything other than what it chooses to be. “When I get a piece of turquoise,” he explains, “I don’t instantly know what I’m going to make… out of 20, 30 stones, only one turquoise will speak to me.” Rather than an artist, Arviso considers himself more of a creator, blowing life into the jewelry.
Arviso will put the chosen stone in his pocket and go about his daily chores and routines, such as tending to his Paint horses, which he proudly breeds and raises. He will spend time with his turquoise, allowing him to think about his own life. Whatever feelings and thoughts he experiences while the stone is on his person will be transmitted into the final piece of jewelry he creates. This is Steve’s own rite of creativity – to understand his stone and to help it express what it wants to become. To best exhibit the turquoise, Arviso has become a master at refined, understated silverwork. Steve is quickly becoming famous for his particular take on old style Navajo jewelry.
His ritual-like creation process, the high quality turquoise he uses, the specifically pre-1950s style that he embraces, and his own unique touch are what make Arviso's works so highly sought after. We are very proud to be carrying his work in our store.
In January, 2021, Steve lost his son Cody Arviso. Cody was a talented jeweler himself and his hallmark was the bear claw. In rememberence of Cody, Steve is now adding the bear claw hallmark to all of his work.