Herman Smith

Born 1964 in Gallup N.M. He learned the silversmithing from his mother. He is known for his detail stampwork. He uses very few stamps to make all different designs.

Cousin to the famed Martinez brothers, Calvin and Terry, and son of Mary C. Yazzie, Herman Smith creates heavy and distinctively stamped jewelry set with natural turquoise. He creates ingot style bracelets with deep stamp work in the tradition of the old master silversmiths of the Navajo Nation. He also creates whimsical creatures and lovely omega style necklaces with beautiful pendants set with natural turquoise.

Herman works mostly in the traditional revival style. His work often has a lightly brushed finish and careful oxidation for an antique look. His stampwork is extremely precise and he uses heavy-gauge silver. He uses fine turquoise, coral and lapis in his traditional designs. Recently, he has been creating more contemporary designs, with channel inlay, as well.

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