White Buffalo

White Buffalo

“Telling people I wanted to study art was like saying that I wanted to starve to death,” the tall Farmington, New Mexico, artist chuckles. His name, “White Buffalo,” comes from a Lakota word, meaning articulate and open.  Raised in Shiprock on the Navajo reservation, White Buffalo is of Mexican and Comanche heritage.

Creating jewelry and sculpting comes naturally to him. “It is not difficult to interface your creative needs with what happens in your life,” he says.  As for his style, he says he doesn’t have one. “I don’t do the same piece over and over. That is why I create only about 15 pieces a year. I am fascinated with things that move. I want to bring more life into my work. I feel like the study of design is essential, see how the piece moves. “

He was an engineer for 10 years, but sculpting is his real love. “You see, I had a dream, two years ago...a guy was chasing me, he had silver hair, face and feathers. I got up in the middle of the night to capture him on paper. It was one of those pieces that really just came together.” He gestures towards the large silver sculpture of an Indian bust  that was a result of that vision.

While he emphasizes that he is always looking for something new, his jewelry has an ancient ‘King Tut’ look. Questioned about this, he grins, “I grew up on the backside of Mesa Verde. the Anasazis fascinate me the most. Every time I see a ruin it is like something alive left from long ago.” He looks down for a moment then says, “The message I want to express is ‘life’.”

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.