Vernon Haskie is an accomplished Navajo jeweler from Lukachukai, Arizona. Vernon is an extraordinary jeweler who learned silver-smithing from his Father, artist, Leonard Haskie. Vernon produced his first pendant at age nine. With some of Vernon’s artwork, he uses multi-layered inlay to produce three-dimensional designs. He also sets precious and semi-precious stones, including turquoise, coral diamonds and opals to create exquisite pieces of jewelry. Vernon has created many award-winning silver and gold works of art including, jewelry boxes, rings, bracelets, concho belts, buckles, bolo ties, necklaces, earrings, tie tacks and squash blossoms. In March of 2000, Vernon was honored by the Heard Museum Show for his incredible work on a coral inlayed concho belt. He was awarded BEST OF SHOW; BEST OF DIVISION; BEST OF CLASS and two JUDGES’ CHOICE AWARDS!!! All for the one piece. Many of Vernon’s pieces have been exhibited and collected by various galleries, museums and private collections, including Phoenix’s Heard Museum Show, Museum of Northern Arizona, Pueblo Grande’s Museum Show and NFL Coach, Mike Ditka. Vernon’s works have also appeared in the 1996 Gallup Independent, the 1995 Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial Magazine, Intertribal America, and in books published by Lois and Jerry Jacka in 1994, Enduring Traditions, Art of the Navajo and Navajo Jewelry. “I am inspired by the natural beauty of Navajo land. I mimic the realism of nature and the universe in many of my Hozhooji pieces. The Red Mesa sunsets and the Chuska Mountains and cliffs are reflected in my work. I have been most influenced by the works of Harvey Begay and the late Charles Loloma.” Vernon Haskie