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We support Wounded Warrior Project

American West Jewelry would like to honor our brave military members, their families and caregivers by donating $10,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project. None of us will forget the shock, fear and uncertainty we felt on September 11, 2001. The world as we knew it changed forever. Wounded Warrior Project is dedicated to veterans and […]

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day

Every year more cities across the country are replacing Columbus Day in favor of a new holiday – Indigenous Peoples Day. Here in Albuquerque, the change was made in 2015. New Mexico’s Indigenous population makes up 10.6%, with 22 distinct American Indian tribes calling this beautiful state home. Jewelry is a large part of Native […]

Up-Up and Away! My how the years have flown by!

It’s my favorite time of year, the beginning of Fall and the launch of the happiest New Mexico event of the year, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta! For 9 days, our beautiful blue skies are filled with hundreds of colorful hot air balloons. Pilots, volunteers and spectators descend upon Albuquerque to watch, cheer and assist […]

Festival Season is Here, Get Your Boho Beat On in Festival Favs Your Outfit Craves

The sun is shining, music is in the air, and we are busy planning the perfect outfits for that big gig we waited all winter to attend. All over the country we are emerging from our snowy cocoons and chilly desert dwellings to spread our wings like glittery butterflies at events like Coachella, Stagecoach, Electric […]

The Blessing of Corn

For many indigenous peoples, corn plays an important role in culture and spiritual practices. To the Navajo people, in particular, there are very few ceremonies in which corn does not play a role of some kind. Corn represents life itself and is an important “character” in the Diné Bahaneʼ (Navajo Creation Story.) Corn pollen is used as a means of blessing in Navajo […]