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In Navajo, silversmiths are known as ‘atsidíí or “one who hammers.” For more than 50 years, Raymond Betsoi has hammered out a career that is steeped in traditional old style silversmithing. Utilizing tufa stone casting and lapidary processes, Raymond Betsoi creates unmistakable one-of-a-kind pieces that defy the imagination with its simplicity. He proudly makes his own stamps and hand carves samples for his Navajo style jewelry that is renowned in the Four Corners Region. He learned these techniques from Richard Morgan and family, whose family passed down the knowledge through the generations and shared it with others along the way.
Raymond cuts his owns stones by hand and carefully selects each color he integrates into his work. Raymond is best known for his traditional row bracelets, giving homage to the beloved Navajo jewelry designs from the early 20th century.