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Yazzie Johnson (b. 1946) and Gail Bird (b. 1949)

Rings, 14kt gold with various precious stones, various sizes

December 24, 2020

"The jewelry they produce is distinct from the work of other American Indian jewelers...Over their career of more than three decades, Gail and Yazzie have developed a body of work that is both distinctly their own and continuously evolving"  -Martha Hopkins Struever

 

Since 1972 Yazzie Johnson and Gail Bird have collaboratively defined contemporary American Indian jewlery. By combining unusual stones with silver and gold and their inspiration from the pictorial past of the American Southwest, they have developed a distinctive style sought after for its meticulous craftsmanship and strikingly modern design. Using a variety of early metalsmithing techniques, Johnson and Bird have translated their elegant designs into earrings, pendants, necklaces, belts and belt buckles.

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Yazzie Johnson and Gail Bird (b. 1946; 1949), Rings, 14kt gold with various precious stones, various sizes

Yazzie Johnson and Gail Bird (b. 1946; 1949), Rings, 14kt gold with various precious stones, various sizes

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Yazzie Johnson and Gail Bird (b. 1946; 1949), Rings, 14kt gold with various precious stones, various sizes

Yazzie Johnson and Gail Bird (b. 1946; 1949), Rings, 14kt gold with various precious stones, various sizes

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Ring, d. 2020, hessonite garnet (size 9-3/4), OC311-153

Ring, d. 2020, hessonite garnet (size 9-3/4), OC311-153

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Ring, d. 2020, double chrysophase with tufa-cast 18kt gold, size 7-1/2, OC311-152

Ring, d. 2020, double chrysophase with tufa-cast 18kt gold, size 7-1/2, OC311-152

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Ring, d. 2020, dendritic opal/hessonite garnet (size 7-3/4), OC311-155

Ring, d. 2020, dendritic opal/hessonite garnet (size 7-3/4), OC311-155

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Ring, d. 2019, oval pink coral, size 9-1/2, OC311-89

Ring, d. 2019, oval pink coral, size 9-1/2, OC311-89

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Ring, d. 2019, chrysopase with 18kt gold, size 9-1/2, OC311-90

Ring, d. 2019, chrysopase with 18kt gold, size 9-1/2, OC311-90

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Ring, d. 2019, star strawberry quarts with pink tourmaline and 18kt gold, size 8-1/2, OC311-91

Ring, d. 2019, star strawberry quarts with pink tourmaline and 18kt gold, size 8-1/2, OC311-91

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​Ring, d. 2020, carved green tourmaline with tufa-cast flanges (size 7-1/4), OC311-151

​Ring, d. 2020, carved green tourmaline with tufa-cast flanges (size 7-1/4), OC311-151

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Drop Earrings, d. 2020, poppy jasper and 18kt gold, 1-3/8 x 3/4 inches each, OC311-115

Drop Earrings, d. 2020, poppy jasper and 18kt gold, 1-3/8 x 3/4 inches each, OC311-115

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Cufflinks, Black Mexican lace agate with 18kt gold, 5/8 x 3/4 inches and 3/4 x 3/4 inches, OC311-119

Cufflinks, Black Mexican lace agate with 18kt gold, 5/8 x 3/4 inches and 3/4 x 3/4 inches, OC311-119

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Post Earrings, d. 2020, tourmaline in quartz with star ruby and 18kt gold, 1-1/4 x 3/4 inches each, OC311-111

Post Earrings, d. 2020, tourmaline in quartz with star ruby and 18kt gold, 1-1/4 x 3/4 inches each, OC311-111

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 , Coral and Silver Necklace with Spiney Oyster Shell Clasps, d. 1991, with French-Canadian Fur Trader's Cross, c. 1800s, OC353-5

 

Coral and Silver Necklace with Spiney Oyster Shell Clasps, d. 1991, with French-Canadian Fur Trader's Cross, c. 1800s, OC353-5

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Earrings, d. 2020, garnet and crystal Brazilian agate with 18kt gold 1 3/8 x 1 inches - each, OC311-137

Earrings, d. 2020, garnet and crystal Brazilian agate with 18kt gold 1 3/8 x 1 inches - each, OC311-137

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Earrings, d. 2020, Sonoran cuprite and coral post, 1-1/4 x 7/8 inches each, OC311-112

Earrings, d. 2020, Sonoran cuprite and coral post, 1-1/4 x 7/8 inches each, OC311-112

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Earrings, d. 2020, rainbow moonstone and freshwater pearl with 18kt gold, 1 1/4 x 3/4 inches - each, OC311-135

Earrings, d. 2020, rainbow moonstone and freshwater pearl with 18kt gold, 1 1/4 x 3/4 inches - each, OC311-135

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Earrings, garnet and crystal Brazilian agate with 18kt gold, 1-3/8 x 1 inches - each, OC311-138

Earrings, garnet and crystal Brazilian agate with 18kt gold, 1-3/8 x 1 inches - each, OC311-138

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Post Earrings, d. 2020, cuprite and fossil palm with 18kt gold, 1-1/4 x 5/8 inches each, OC311-113

Post Earrings, d. 2020, cuprite and fossil palm with 18kt gold, 1-1/4 x 5/8 inches each, OC311-113

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Post Earrings, d. 2020, variscite with 18kt gold, 3/4 x 5/8 inches each, OC311-116

Post Earrings, d. 2020, variscite with 18kt gold, 3/4 x 5/8 inches each, OC311-116

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Necklace, d. 2019, South Seas pearls with star ruby, ruby and sunstone with tufa-cast accents and 18kt gold, 19 inches long, OC311-1

Necklace, d. 2019, South Seas pearls with star ruby, ruby and sunstone with tufa-cast accents and 18kt gold, 19 inches long, OC311-1

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Necklace, d. 2020, tourmalinated quartz and Montana agate with 18kt gold 19 inches long, OC311-129

Necklace, d. 2020, tourmalinated quartz and Montana agate with 18kt gold 19 inches long, OC311-129

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Bracelet, snakeskin agate and hammered sterling silver with 18kt gold (size large), OC311-149

Bracelet, snakeskin agate and hammered sterling silver with 18kt gold (size large), OC311-149

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Pin, d. 2019, dendritic dursy agate with fire agate tufa cast with 18 kt gold, 1 x 3 1⁄4 inches, OC311-80

Pin, d. 2019, dendritic dursy agate with fire agate tufa cast with 18 kt gold, 1 x 3 1⁄4 inches, OC311-80

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Pendant, d. 2020, Montana agate with grossular garnet and 18kt gold, 2-1/4 x 1-5/8 inches, OC311-81

Pendant, d. 2020, Montana agate with grossular garnet and 18kt gold, 2-1/4 x 1-5/8 inches, OC311-81

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Ring, d. 2020, hessonite garnet (size 9-3/4), OC311-153

Ring, d. 2020, hessonite garnet (size 9-3/4), OC311-153

Ring, d. 2020, double chrysophase with tufa-cast 18kt gold, size 7-1/2, OC311-152

Ring, d. 2020, double chrysophase with tufa-cast 18kt gold, size 7-1/2, OC311-152

Ring, d. 2020, dendritic opal/hessonite garnet (size 7-3/4), OC311-155

Ring, d. 2020, dendritic opal/hessonite garnet (size 7-3/4), OC311-155

Ring, d. 2019, oval pink coral, size 9-1/2, OC311-89

Ring, d. 2019, oval pink coral, size 9-1/2, OC311-89

Ring, d. 2019, chrysopase with 18kt gold, size 9-1/2, OC311-90

Ring, d. 2019, chrysopase with 18kt gold, size 9-1/2, OC311-90

Ring, d. 2019, star strawberry quarts with pink tourmaline and 18kt gold, size 8-1/2, OC311-91

Ring, d. 2019, star strawberry quarts with pink tourmaline and 18kt gold, size 8-1/2, OC311-91

​Ring, d. 2020, carved green tourmaline with tufa-cast flanges (size 7-1/4), OC311-151

​Ring, d. 2020, carved green tourmaline with tufa-cast flanges (size 7-1/4), OC311-151

Drop Earrings, d. 2020, poppy jasper and 18kt gold, 1-3/8 x 3/4 inches each, OC311-115

Drop Earrings, d. 2020, poppy jasper and 18kt gold, 1-3/8 x 3/4 inches each, OC311-115

Cufflinks, Black Mexican lace agate with 18kt gold, 5/8 x 3/4 inches and 3/4 x 3/4 inches, OC311-119

Cufflinks, Black Mexican lace agate with 18kt gold, 5/8 x 3/4 inches and 3/4 x 3/4 inches, OC311-119

Post Earrings, d. 2020, tourmaline in quartz with star ruby and 18kt gold, 1-1/4 x 3/4 inches each, OC311-111

Post Earrings, d. 2020, tourmaline in quartz with star ruby and 18kt gold, 1-1/4 x 3/4 inches each, OC311-111

 , Coral and Silver Necklace with Spiney Oyster Shell Clasps, d. 1991, with French-Canadian Fur Trader's Cross, c. 1800s, OC353-5

 

Coral and Silver Necklace with Spiney Oyster Shell Clasps, d. 1991, with French-Canadian Fur Trader's Cross, c. 1800s, OC353-5

Earrings, d. 2020, garnet and crystal Brazilian agate with 18kt gold 1 3/8 x 1 inches - each, OC311-137

Earrings, d. 2020, garnet and crystal Brazilian agate with 18kt gold 1 3/8 x 1 inches - each, OC311-137

Earrings, d. 2020, Sonoran cuprite and coral post, 1-1/4 x 7/8 inches each, OC311-112

Earrings, d. 2020, Sonoran cuprite and coral post, 1-1/4 x 7/8 inches each, OC311-112

Earrings, d. 2020, rainbow moonstone and freshwater pearl with 18kt gold, 1 1/4 x 3/4 inches - each, OC311-135

Earrings, d. 2020, rainbow moonstone and freshwater pearl with 18kt gold, 1 1/4 x 3/4 inches - each, OC311-135

Earrings, garnet and crystal Brazilian agate with 18kt gold, 1-3/8 x 1 inches - each, OC311-138

Earrings, garnet and crystal Brazilian agate with 18kt gold, 1-3/8 x 1 inches - each, OC311-138

Post Earrings, d. 2020, cuprite and fossil palm with 18kt gold, 1-1/4 x 5/8 inches each, OC311-113

Post Earrings, d. 2020, cuprite and fossil palm with 18kt gold, 1-1/4 x 5/8 inches each, OC311-113

Post Earrings, d. 2020, variscite with 18kt gold, 3/4 x 5/8 inches each, OC311-116

Post Earrings, d. 2020, variscite with 18kt gold, 3/4 x 5/8 inches each, OC311-116

Necklace, d. 2019, South Seas pearls with star ruby, ruby and sunstone with tufa-cast accents and 18kt gold, 19 inches long, OC311-1

Necklace, d. 2019, South Seas pearls with star ruby, ruby and sunstone with tufa-cast accents and 18kt gold, 19 inches long, OC311-1

Necklace, d. 2020, tourmalinated quartz and Montana agate with 18kt gold 19 inches long, OC311-129

Necklace, d. 2020, tourmalinated quartz and Montana agate with 18kt gold 19 inches long, OC311-129

Bracelet, snakeskin agate and hammered sterling silver with 18kt gold (size large), OC311-149

Bracelet, snakeskin agate and hammered sterling silver with 18kt gold (size large), OC311-149

Pin, d. 2019, dendritic dursy agate with fire agate tufa cast with 18 kt gold, 1 x 3 1⁄4 inches, OC311-80

Pin, d. 2019, dendritic dursy agate with fire agate tufa cast with 18 kt gold, 1 x 3 1⁄4 inches, OC311-80

Pendant, d. 2020, Montana agate with grossular garnet and 18kt gold, 2-1/4 x 1-5/8 inches, OC311-81

Pendant, d. 2020, Montana agate with grossular garnet and 18kt gold, 2-1/4 x 1-5/8 inches, OC311-81