Victor Beck

Victor Beck

The deep lines and the distinctive forms of a Victor Beck silver bolo or belt buckle are reminiscent of the architectural structures he admires. Beck carefully selects turquoise stones and coral to use in these jewelry forms as well as in the necklaces, bracelets, and rings he creates. Beck’s appreciation for jewelry developed from his experiences as a child living in a household where the aesthetics of well-executed silver jewelry and the beauty of turquoise were appreciated. Beck says, “When growing up, my father and mother, who is now 84, collected the finest pieces of jewelry. My father had a unique feeling for turquoise. All is now distributed among seven children.”

While a student in the ceramic program at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Beck’s class curriculum dictated nine hours of jewelry making to complete his bachelor in arts. Beck felt so comfortable with the jewelry classes that he switched his degree from ceramics to jewelry. He says of his experience, “When I got into jewelry, I knew that was where I belonged.” In 1973, Beck received a scholarship to study at State University of New York in New Paltz. Beck attributes the simple, clean lines of his work to his experience at New Paltz.

Beck also credits Charles Loloma’s creative use of inlay and selection of materials such as ironwood and lapis lazuli as influencing his jewelry and laying the groundwork for many jewelers working today. Inspired by Loloma’s use of inlay, Beck’s addition of inlay to the sides of rings has become a hallmark for the jewelry.

In the spring of 1978, Beck was awarded a commission to design and execute a rosary for Pope Paul VI. Beck was at a high point of his career at this time, when he was asked by the community of Pinon to serve a four-year term a Navajo Tribal Council Delegate. Beck’s attention was diverted from jewelry making as he worked with other community members to develop a master plan for Pinon. Since the early 1980’s, Beck sees a refining of his own work.

Beck has received numerous jewelry awards at various competitions including those held at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, the Heard Museum, and the Navajo Tribal Fair. He received first place awards in 1995 at the Santa Fe Indian Market and in 1996 at the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair. He is now an Arizona Living Treasure.

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.