Steven Yellowhorse

Steven Yellowhorse

Steve Yellowhorse is a Navajo silversmith and goldsmith who was born in 1954 in Corpus Christi, Texas.  Steve comes from a long line of distinguished men and women, whom he names as his influences. 

His great-great grandfather, Hosteen Bele-sle-zo, was among the thousands of Navajo who were forcefully relocated during the Long Walk of 1868.  His grandmother, Anna Yellowhorse, was a fine Navajo weaver who married the creative visionary, Arthur Beasley.  Together, his grandparents Arthur and Anna built the Navajo Castle, a remarkable adobe building that has since become a tourist stop on Route 66 near Lupton, Arizona.

Steve’s father, William Beasley, served in WWII before returning to Arizona with his wife, Constance, and taking on the persona of Chief Yellowhorse, entrepreneur and the brains behind Chief Yellowhorse Trading Post at the Arizona-New Mexico border.

Steve Yellowhorse learned his craft from Kevin Barnhill and Tom Taylor, and has been creating jewelry since the age of 21.  He takes inspiration from natural design, Art Nouveau, modern art, and music to create his distinctive style.  Some of his favorite design elements include butterflies, water, leaves, clouds, and rock art pictographs. 

Steve feels that part of the art of making jewelry is to connect the artist with the wearer, commenting that each piece he makes is a part of his life.  He wants his works to be cherished by their owners and to become treasured family heirlooms.

Steve currently resides in Gallup, New Mexico and his work is featured in galleries across the Southwest.

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.