Earl Plummer is mostly self-taught aside from basic silversmithing techniques he learned from family as a teenager. Collectors will note that his style has become increasingly complex since 2007 when he pushed himself to create advanced Native American jewelry such as squash blossom necklaces.
Navajo Jewelry by Earl Plummer
From Native American rings and earrings, to bracelets and necklaces, Earl Plummer’s jewelry has a clean-but-bright, contemporary look. The silver Navajo designs are relatively simple; his greatest strength is his ability to combine materials, whether homogenously or heterogeneously, in very attractive color and shape combinations, often based on nature.
Jewelry made by Earl Plumber has Navajo inlay work with a beautiful sense of design. He combines natural stones and shells in ways that complement each other’s colors and matrices to great effect. Aside from turquoise, silver and gold – all common components of Navajo jewelry – Plummer is also known to use coral, lapis, black jade, tiger’s eye, and more.
Award-Winning Native American Jewelry
Among Earl Plummer’s awards for his Navajo jewelry are:
- 2007: 2nd Place ribbon, Santa Fe Indian Market
- 2008: 2nd Place ribbon, Heard Musem Guild Indian Market and Fair
- 2013: “Best of Classification, Jewelry”, Santa Fe Indian Market
Modern Day Life
Earl Plummer lives and works in New Mexico with his wife and four children. He generously gives time to his elders, helping with ranch duties (including sheep-shearing) as well as any other help he can provide.
Home & Away Gallery has watched this hard-working Native American artist blossom from competent tradesman to master Navajo jewelry artist. He copies no one and creates his own path forward.