My name is Carlos Quezada. I'm from the Navajo Nation and Make Native
American Jewelry. I started at the age of eleven thanks to my mom and her
brothers. It's been a family tradition for awhile now. My uncles Ernest, Harold
and Chester Benally taught me how to do silver smithing and how to polish the
silver, my mother Rita Benally Quezada taught me to cut, shape and inlay stones.
I currently live in Spring Branch,Texas with my wife Lisa and sons Kayden
I traveled for seven years with a company from my home town of Gallup, New
Mexico. Traveling across the country doing various trade shows and rodeos, this
allowed me to discover my passion to promote my own family and other native
Which brings me to today, building my own business carrying my jewelry, my
family and friends.
I hope you find an appreciation for our culture and tradition and keep it alive,
which is my goal in providing you with quality work past down from my ancestors.
Thank You, Carlos
Rita Ann Benally-Quezada
My name is Rita Ann Benally-Quezada. I'm a full blooded Navajo, and have two
sons Ignacio Alvares and Carlos Quezada.
I have been making jewelry for over 30 years. I started working for a company
called Gilbert Ortegas where I learned to do inlay. Then I went to work for
Lionel McKinney at Sunburst Handcraft, after that I got the opportunity to work
for Nugget Gallery doing custom pieces.Then decided to start producing my own
pieces and selling to different galleries across the country New Mexico, Texas,
I currently live in Gallup, New Mexico with my youngest son, Ignacio who is
Eighteen now and is learning to make jewelry as well. I taught my sons how to
make jewelry along with my brothers, so they would not forget their heritage and
carry on the tradition of the Navajo.
Thank You, Rita
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