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Carico Turquoise and Sterling Silver Pendant by Leonard Nez

2 1/4" X 1 1/4"


True West, Santa Fe Presents:  Leonard Nez


Born in Keams Canyon, Arizona in 1956, Leonard Nez married his wife Marian, a Navajo silversmith in her own right, whom he credits with teaching him.  After creating his first pendant, he was asked to make 15 more! Within a year he was able to support himself with his jewelry making.


Well known jeweler, Gibson Nez was a great mentor and role model. He took Leonard under his wing and called him brother, even though they share the same last name they are not related.


He has 4 children and 9 grandchildren as of 2011. One of his grandchildren is showing great promise as a future jeweler.


In Leonard’s spare time he loves to rope in the Rodeos on the weekend. He even lost his right thumb while roping, but it has not affected his great work. He enjoys all that he does in creating his jewelry. He believes it all comes from his heart.


Leonard is known for his skillful work in heavy-gauge silver and gold. Fine chisel,