Amelia Joe-Chandler Sage Amethyst Agate Mountain Prayers Necklace


Amelia Joe-Chandler Sage Amethyst Agate Mountain Prayers Necklace

Amelia Joe-Chandler combines traditional cultural elements with a contemporary sense of design. This sterling silver necklace is set with a stunning sage amethyst agate cabochon that glows in certain lighting conditions. Note that the stone looks dramatically different, depending on lighting.

In the upper right hand corner, facing the front, is the cutout of an eagle, flying over the mountain forest that are seen in the dendritic formations and colors in the stone. Note that the eagle looks black because you are seeing the color of the background behind the pendant. The eagle, also visible on the reverse side, brings prayers to the mountain forest and is a harbinger of good fortune.

2 58 inches high, including bail, x 1 1/4 inches wide; 21 1/2 inch sterling silver chain.

Amelia Joe-Chandler does not use chemical polishes on her metal work. As a result, her work has a matte finish with a hand-made look. Her hammered bezels are an uncommon touch; they hold cabochons in place more securely than the more typical burnished bezel. The hand-finished silver resists tarnish better than more glossy sterling silver surfaces.

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Amelia Joe-Chandler Sage Amethyst Agate Mountain Prayers Necklace

Amelia Joe-Chandler (Navajo)

Amelia Joe-Chandler (Navajo)

See work by Amelia Joe-Chandler (Navajo) here.

Amelia Joe-Chandler is Diné (Navajo) and is of the Bitterwater (todich’ iinnii) Clan, born for the Mud (hast lish nii) Clan.


2013: 2nd Place, Sculpture, Santa Fe Indian Market

2012: Best of Classification, Sculpture, Santa Fe Indian Market

2006-2007: Artist of the Year, Indian Arts and Crafts Association (IACA)

2006: 2nd Place award for a marriage of metals necklace with earrings.

2005: Honorable Mention at the Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market for a silver Mud Hogan Teapot.

She has won many other awards.

Artist Statement

My traditional Navajo background surfaces in all aspects of my jewelry design. A complete shift from traditional Navajo silversmith design to modern design will never happen for me. The Navajo culture is a powerful part of my life and I want parts of it to always surface in my designs. I have managed to combine my traditional ways with contemporary jewelry techniques.The Diné (Navajo) Philosophy of Life encompasses air, fire, water, and earth. The four sacred directions, colors, plants, and mountains are an integral part of my designs. These elements of nature – life giving sources – will not be shown together in one whole piece. To “”Walk in Beauty”” (Hozho’), as I have learned, is not easy when one walks in two worlds.

Indiana University-1997 Master of Science,Art Education with an emphasis in Metalsmith & Jewelry Design

New Mexico State University-1987 Bachelor of Science Art Education

Professional Experience
1997 to Present: Silversmith ~ Joe-Chandler Jewelry
1987 -2001: Art Teacher ~ Pre-school thru College
1975-1989: Sandpainter ~ Self-employed

Professional Memberships

Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG)
Indian Arts and Crafts Association (IACA)American Craft Council (ACC)

Dancing Bear Gallery Solo Show, Dirt & Art Expo, EyeCon Eyewear Exhibition, IAIA Contemporary Native American Art Show, MetalWorks: Containers of Form, Pinon Arts and Humanities Art Show, Playful Intent, Shot Tower Gallery: Honoring Native American Women and Women Artists, Home & Away Gallery Solo Shows, 2005 and 2006. Shows Art in the Park, Aspen Art Show, Durango Main Avenue Arts Festival, Eitlejorg Museum Indian Market, Heard Museum Indian Market, IACA Wholesale Show, Kansas City Indian Market & Southwest Showcase, Mid America Native American/Southwest Art Show, Moab Arts Festival, Museum of Northern Arizona Navajo Marketplace, Native American Artist Invitational, Native Harvest Art Festival, Prescott Indian Market, Red Earth, Santa Fe Indian Market, Texas Indian Market & Southwest Showcase

Artist in Residence
Career Preparatory School, Cortez Community School of the Arts, FCS Bioregional Outdoor Education Project, High Desert Summer School, Eagle Rock School.

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 8 × 4 in
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