National Museum of the American Indian-New York to Showcase Navajo Jewelry

The National Museum of the American Indian–New York, a Smithsonian museum, will showcase Navajo jewelry in an exhibit opening Nov. 13. 

“Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family” will share the story of Navajo jewelry through the work the work of Ray and Lee Yazzie, contemporary Navajo jewelers from Gallup, N.M. They work in silver, gold, and stone inlay. 

A gallery store will open to coincide with the exhibit; it will feature American Indian jewelry by Native American artists and designers in prices ranging from $20 to $3,000. 

The National Museum of the American Indian–New York is located in the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House at the northeast corner of Battery Park in New York City.

Admission is free, and the exhibit is scheduled to run through January 2016. More information is available at


Photo by Ernest Amoroso, courtesy of NMAI
Lapis bracelet by Lee A. Yazzie, 1984. Lapis lazuli, 18k gold


Photo by Kiyoshi Togashi, courtesy of NMAI
Ring by Raymond C. Yazzie, 2006. Opal, coral, lapis lazuli, jade, Blue Gem turquoise, Orvil Jack turquoise, 14k gold


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