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Exclusive Collection of Gold and Silver Jewelry by Alfred Joe

May 26th 2014 at 1:56 AM

One of the acclaimed Navajo artists - Alfred Joe, is best known for the dramatic designs he creates in sterling silver and gold. He often incorporates the highest quality turquoise, coral and other gem stones into his unique work to create new designs with his intricate techniques. Alfred Joe is the oldest son of Rose Ann and Robert Joe and was born in Winslow, Arizona. His uncle Colbert Joe Sr taught him the basics of jewelry making in his silver shop in Winslow during the 1970s. He has gained expertise while working with several silversmiths who worked in his uncle’s shop. When silver prices rose dramatically in 1979, the silver jewelry shop of Colbert Joe had to be closed down. Alfred went on to begin his solo career.

Alfred Joe designs are both traditional and contemporary giving everyone a piece of jewelry that appeals just to them. It is true that he emphasizes the contemporary designs and more pieces are done in this style. He has mastered several techniques like hollow forming, raising metal and overlay. His favorite stone is the natural turquoise from the old mines Lander, Morenci, Bisbee, and Indian mountain, but he also uses coral, lapis and other stones. Alfred is most known for his double sided pendants which can make a style statement of their own. Each side has a different magnificent stone and a different design. He is also known for his innovative and striking silver and gold beads with the rail design which is created by placing a strip of metal between two halves of the beads.

Alfred Joe's signature pieces are the rug design bracelets which get their dramatic appeal from the overlaying of silver dust that creates texture and contrast. His jewelry has won many prominent awards which include Gallup Intertribal Indian Ceremonial, Santa Fe Indian Market, the Heard Museum show and others. His work is highly prized and collected worldwide. Due to his popularity, he is well known as one of the finest jewelry artists in the world. Alfred Joe's jewelry is featured in many of the most prestigious galleries in the world and it is also available online on some of the best websites.

Alfred Joe’s jewelry is a class apart with its unique beauty and appeal. Whether worn with casual clothing or as a dramatic accent to formal wear, his rings, pendants, bracelets, buckles, bolos and earrings are sure to draw praise from all who see them.

About the Company:

Turquoise Direct is the home of authentic handmade turquoise jewelry that is designed by award winning Native American artists. This unique jewelry is created with the finest natural American turquoise and set in exquisite contemporary and traditional silver and gold designs. From bracelets to earrings, necklaces and rings to buckles and bolos, one can find a wide range of jewelry designs here, each created by some of the most collectible and highly respected Native American artists in the Southwest. All jewelry is available at highly competitive prices as we deal directly with the Native American jewelers and the American turquoise miners.

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