Leonard Nez

Fine chisel and stamp work and deeply grooved silver overlay are the hallmarks of Leonard Nez’s silver jewelry. By combining the elements of the traditional with the contemporary in detailed scrollwork and classic feather styling, Leonard’s work is distinct and recognizable. Born in Keams Canon, Arizona, Leonard met his wife Marian through his sister. It was Marian, a silversmith in her own right, who first taught Leonard jewelry making. In 1977, he made his first pieces and by 1993 he began showing his work. He was consistently the recipient of awards and his work can be found in private collections which include a silver bowl at the Smithsonian. An avid horseman and highly skilled team roper, he divided his time between his silverware and the rodeo circuit, where he has also won awards sin 1983.