Cheryl Yestewa was born on the Hopi Reservation at Keams Canyon, Arizona in 1958 to her Hopi father, Carroll Yestewa of Old Oraibi and her mother Mabel Begay, a Navajo from Lower Greasewood south of Ganado. Her fondest childhood memories are of hoeing and planting corn, squash, beans and melons with her grandparents at Hopi. As a child, she always had an interest in rocks and can recall dragging her mother out into a drizzling rain in eastern Wyoming one family vacation to search for Sweetwater agate.
All of Cheryl’s jewelry is handmade; the stones are carved, rolled, tumbled and formed from raw rock; the findings, clasps and closings are formed of silver and gold. All of the turquoise, coral and opals are of natural, untreated stones and of the highest quality. Cheryl says she strives for simplicity, elegance and timeless style. “My greatest joy is when customers tell me how wonderful the jewelry feels to wear on the body” she says.
The recipient of numerous awards, Cheryl’s work can be found at museums, galleries and private collections throughout the Southwest. She is also a featured artist in several publications on Native American arts.