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AW Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

In honor of November being Native American heritage month, we would like to introduce you to some of the award-wining Native American artists and jewelers that have partnered with us to guest design stunning, one-of-a-kind pieces for American West Jewelry. Jody Naranjo, Santa Clara Pueblo Just this September, Jody was awarded the prestigious Governor’s Award […]

#AWYou Monique Candelaria, In Her Own Words

We thought it was about time you met the face of American West Jewelry. Monique Candelaria has been modeling for us since 2015, but this New Mexico-born actor is a diverse and passionate artist with a fascinating story. American West Jewelry: How do you describe yourself, artistically? Monique Candelaria: Artistically, I would describe myself as […]

Help Us End Childhood Hunger

The Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico was founded in 1980 with humble beginnings but has grown to be the largest food bank in the state. They provide services to feed the hungry in New Mexico and have a multitude of programs aimed at eliminating hunger. One of these programs is the Childhood Hunger Initiative. This […]

Indian Market Artist Kathleen Wall is #AWYou

Following in the footsteps of many talented female potters, Jemez Pueblo multimedia artist Kathleen Wall carries clay in her blood. “All of my mentors are women. They are all influential Pueblo potters,” says Wall at her bright, airy studio in the heart ofPueblo nestled along the Rio Grande Valley at the fertile foothills of the Jemez Mountains. […]

AWJ Guest Artist to Receive Governor’s Award

We are so excited for our dear friend and guest designer Jody Naranjo who is being recognized this September 2018 with a New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in Art. The Governor’s Award was established in 1974 by former New Mexico Governor Bruce King and former First Lady Alive King to celebrate the role that artists, craftspeople, […]

Wearable Stories: Fritz Casuse Jewelry

American West guest jewelry designer Fritz Casuse is a storyteller who uses pieces of timeless, wearable art to bring to life the power and beauty of Navajo imagery.  An award-winning jeweler, Fritz creates fluid, dimensional works that mix elements of sculpture with traditional designs and Navajo mythology to create truly contemporary Native American jewelry. A graduate of the Institute of […]