They started making jewelry when the money(coins) was pure silver. The Navajo discovered they could melt the silver to make the jewelry.
When the traders brought Turquoise, and coral, their creativity exploded.
Mr. Raymond Smith was a Navajo "Code Talker", those who were trained by the marines to help win the war against Japan. Read more at the Department of the Navy
His daughter and family have been making the jewelry for many years in Navajo Reservation (New Mexico, Utah and arizona)
Call (775) 330-3787 for details.
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