Richard Chavez, Master Jeweler
We are pleased to offer you an incredible selection from master jeweler Richard Chavez.
Richard Chavez was born in 1949 and raised in San Felipe Pueblo, along the banks of the Rio Grande. His work, keeping with the belief system of his community, is non-representational, instead relying on his exquisite craftsmanship and lapidary work.
In the 1970s, Richard worked as an architectural draftsman for Harvey S. Hoshour, as well as attending UNM’s School of Architecture. These experiences greatly influenced his aesthetic as well his artistic process.To this day, every piece which he creates begins as a carefully drawn diagram, and Chavez continues to cite Bauhaus and Van der Rohe as inspirations for his jewelry.
Richard Chavez’s work uses innovative materials that are painstakingly selected, piecing stones of irregular lengths and widths to create practically seamless creations, which are distinctly contemporary but celebrate the beauty of organic materials.