Howard Nelson is an accomplished, self-taught Navajo silversmith. He was born in 1951 in Winslow, Arizona and is of the Tsinnijinnie clan. Howard began working with his older brother, David, and eventually mastered the technique of traditional Navajo jewelry styles. His 3-ply contemporary appliqués overlay jewelry has garnered numerous awards including ribbons at the Annual Intertribal Ceremonial in Gallup, New Mexico and the Santa Fe Market. Often Howard chooses to incorporate the inlay technique using the turquoise, coral, lapis, sugilite and other quality gemstones. Most popular are his elegant sunburst designs crafted into rings and earrings. He is featured in Enduring Traditions by Jerry and Lois Jacka and Navajo Indian Jewelry by Jerry and Lois Jacka.


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