Perry Shorty makes hand-forged jewelry that reflects the classic early Navajo style. His methods are those of the early Navajo Silversmiths. Using traditional techniques of the first, second and third phase jewelers (1880 to 1940’s), Perry creates jewelry that has lead him to become one of the most collectable and sought after Navajo jewelers working today. He melts ‘Charles Barber’ (1890 to 1915) silver coins and from a carved tufa mold casts them into ingots. With a hammer he begins pounding. Then along with files, chisels and his hand-made stamps he forms melted silver into beautiful wearable art.
Perry Shorty was born in Ganado, Arizona in 1964. He began jewelry making in the mid 1980’s. He won the 1995 SWAIA Fellowship. Today, his work is in museums in this country and abroad and he is represented in the finest collections. Each year Perry has continually been one of the first artists to ‘sell out’ at the prestigious Santa Fe Indian Market. Our collection of Perry Shorty’s jewelry is one of the top collections in the world.