Beadwork is a very special skill that has been passed down from generation to generation among our people (the Diné or Navajo). Each piece is so beautifully unique with all hand-strung beads.
Darlene loves beadwork and stretching her creativity. When she created the pyramids, it was by accident when she dropped a piece she was working on and the idea sparked in her head because of the way it landed. These are the types of things that spur her art and get her to branch out and try all kinds of designs.
Meet Darlene, Navajo Jewelry Artist
Darlene has been making turquoise necklaces and other Navajo jewelry for almost 30 years.
She says she learned the skill from her in-laws.
Using turquoise, silver, glass beads, and shell she crafts these beautiful jewelry pieces.
Darlene is of the Nakai Diné Clan.
Turquoise to our Diné is important.
Representing the "Blue World", it tells the Holy People... "We know where we come from".
Turquoise is a semi-precious stone.
These small turquoise nuggets are stabilized to make them last the test of time.
Turquoise is also worn for protection when roaming outside of the sacred mountains.
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