Navajo silversmith Steve
Arviso creates jewelry inspired by old Navajo styles with an emphasis on the
natural beauty of the stone. He does not believe in forcing his turquoise to
become anything other than what it chooses to be. “When I get a piece of
turquoise,” he explains, “I don’t instantly know what I’m going to make… out of
20, 30 stones, only one turquoise will speak to me.” Arviso considers himself
more of a creator, blowing life into the jewelry, than an artist.
Arviso will put the chosen
stone in his pocket and go about his daily chores and routines, such as tending
to his Paint horses, which he proudly breeds and raises. He will spend time
with his turquoise, and it will cause him to think about his own life. Whatever
feelings and thoughts he experiences while the stone is on his person will be
transmitted into the final piece of jewelry he creates.
This is Steve’s own rite of
creativity – to understand his stone and to help it express what it wants to
become. To best exhibit the turquoise, Arviso has become a master at refined,
Steve is fast becoming
famous for his particular take on old style Navajo jewelry.
creation process, the high quality turquoise he uses, the specifically
pre-1950s style that he embraces, and his own unique touch are what make
Arviso's works such highly sought after pieces of art.