Square Market new Online Sales

Its here folks the Square Market brought to you by the same creaters of the infamous  Square Up reader.  The Square Market offers the same great service as the tiny reader but with a little bonus. If you already have a Square account or ready to start one its simple. Simply create your items in your library once ( or edit from time to time) and sync across your Square Register app. and It will do so for your online store.

 Come by the new Online store : Jewelry By Chris Pruitt  


2013 Native Treasure Indian Arts Festival

Come out to Santa Fe this Memorial Day Weekend May 25th  and 26th. I will be enjoying the weekend at the Native Treasures Show with alot of other outstanding artists…Here is a sneek peak of afew items I will have at the show..

Bisbee Cuff with Diamonds 2013 A Bisbee Dark Cuff with Diamonds 2013 D Double Bangles 3







Come celebrate Native Treasures’ opening night on Friday, May 24,  from 5:30 –7:30 p.m.  Mingle with the artists and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and an open wine and champagne bar.

This year, artist have been asked to create pieces with the theme of “rain” — the one thing we lack in this part of the country!  Please come honor their work and buy one of these unique pieces.

New designs: Bangles, Lone Mountain & #8 Turquoise Bracelets

Reciently I have designed a few new items to take to the Winter Market and now these unique items are currently in my shop and available for purchase.. Domestic USPS  Priority shipping is free on all purchase’s, Order in time to recieve that special item in time for Christmas..

Double Bangles:

Elegant and sophisticated Double Bangles.  Hand fabricated Sterling Silver Bangles, embellished with 18k Gold Bezel and 2MM VS/G diamonds, bead blasted to give the look a satin finished.  The look offers a contemporary flare and is sure to complete any ensemble. Bangles are available in S/M/L.

Lone Mountain Bracelet:

Lone Mountain Turquoise, rich in color and noted for its ability not to fade, makes this cuff a spectacular addition to any turquoise jewelry collection. Made of 14 gauge Sterling Silver, this offset Lone Mountain bracelet unifies the cross hatch texture of the cuff with 18k Gold Bezel to enhance the beauty of the Lone Mountain Turquoise. This bracelet is sure to provide a traditional look with contemporary elements.

#8 Turquoise Bracelet:

#8 Turquoise noted for its golden brown to black distinctive spider web matrix and unique bright powder blue and green background make this bracelet a valuable addition to any jewelry collection. Hand fabricated 14 gauge Sterling Silver cast cuff, adorned with offset 18k Gold bezel provide the perfect foundation to enhance the beauty of the #8 Turquoise. This bracelet is sure provide a traditional look with contemporary elements.

2012 Winter Indian Market, Thanksgiving Weekend, Santa Fe, NM

The SWAIA Winter Indian Market is a yearly Native arts sale held during Thanksgiving weekend at the Santa Fe Convention Center. This year the Winter Indian Market includes 130 Native artists, six award-winning artist demonstrators, silent auction, raffle, a fashion row featuring the work of Native fashion designers and two performances by acclaimed author and musician Joy Harjo.
Early Bird Shopping and Native Art 101 Lecture
SWAIA Members Only
Saturday, November 26. 9:00 a.m.
Admission is $5 with a SWAIA Membership
For information on becoming a SWAIA Member, call Denise Keron(505) 983-5220

Winter Indian Market Hours
Saturday, November 26, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (General Admission)
Sunday, November 27, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (General Admission)

General Admission is $5 Per Day
Tickets Available at the Door
Saturday, November 26, 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 27, 1:00 p.m.
Advance Tickets Available (505) 983-5220

All events will take place at the Santa Fe Convention Center
(201 W. Marcy St. Santa Fe, NM 87501)
More info at SWAIA.org

Bangles with a hint of sparkle.

Here are a few bangles with a hint of sparkle. These fun slender bangles can be worn solo or grouped with as many as one desires.. Each one has a small white or black diamond accent, made from sterling silver triangular wire. They have a diameter of 2 11/16 inch and come in satin bead blasted finish (shown) or in a high polish.. As well as plain without a diamond.. You can find them in the shop now bracelets section. Sold individually or in pairs. I hope you enjoy them as much as I had creating them..thanks

Contemporary Inlay Buckle..


Here is one of my latest creations. A Contemporary Belt buckle consisting of sterling silver, Black Jade and Coral. The  “Spyderweb” texture on the silver is unique, all components of the buckle are hand fabricated and asselmbeled by myself. Texturing is done by placing a patterning medium ( canvas, screen, manila folder etc.) with a piece of annealed silver and putting it through a rolling mill, transferring the pattern onto the metal. Brighter results are achieved by pre polishing the silver prior to rolling.

It is currently for sale in the Shop Buckles Section with further information and extra pictures.





One of a kind Collaboration for 2012 Indain Market Gala “The Friendship Necklace”

 The Friendship Necklace: A stunning and one of a kind collaboration, necklace brought together by: Sunshine Reeves, Vernon Haskie, Arland Ben, Allen Aragon, Myron Panteah, Ken Romero, Tony Abeyta, Cody Sanderson, Dawn Wallace, Chris Pruitt, Pat Pruitt, Liz Wallace and  Kenneth Johnson. At Pat Pruitt’s studio all of the components that make up “The Friendship Necklace” came together. For the first time we were able to see the magnificent masterpiece as a whole. Upon completition the artists went out to shoot some photographs. Some of which are seen here and others that are to be seen on the links provided..

Thanks to all who contributed in making this adventure possible. The necklace will be auctioned at  2012 Indian Market Gala in Santa Fe, Nm on August 18th at 5pm. So mark the date on your callender.. 



 Other links to check out the necklace:

You Tube Video of : Friendship necklace by swaia1922

First Look – Collaboration Necklace for 2012 Indian Market Gala By SWAIA – Santa Fe Indian Market, Facebook.

2012 Indian Market Gala

Details of the Collaborative Friendship Necklace





Best of Show and Division Winners at Eiteljorg Indian Fair and Market 2012

Last weekend a number of artists from around the country gathered together in Indianaoplis IN. To take part in the annual Eiteljorg Indian Fair & Market. It was great to hang out and chat with old and new friends. As for myself wasn’t a Division Winner or Best of Show.. But I did recieved 1st place for my “Love and Diamonds bracelet and 2nd place for the #8 Bolo. It wasnt complete until I was able to make it to St. Elmo’s Steakhouse to have their awesome Porterhouse and watch my friends enjoy their famous Shrimp cocktail. Made with tons of fresh horesradish.

Here is a list of the top awards, given out at this years market. I will be adding the complete list of all the winners at a later date.

Best of Show

Cherish Parrish (Gun Lake Band) The Next Generation II

Helen Cox Kersting Award
Jason Garcia (Santa Clara Pueblo)
Corn Maiden #8

Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Awards:

Todd Bordeaux (Sicangu-Lakota), Fertility Blessing

Charlene Holy Bear (Standing Rock Sioux), The Shawl

Division Winners:

Nashon Russell (San Carlos Apache), Power from SunSculpture

Kathleen Wall (Jemez), Gifts from her Grandmother Dolls

Charlene Holy Bear (Standing Rock Sioux), A Lakota Man Jewelry

Alfred Joe (Navajo (Diné)), 14K Fluted, Textured Necklace Pottery

Jody Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo), A Full Summer Basketry

Cherish Parrish (Gun Lake Band), The Next Generation II

Faye Lone (Tonawanda Seneca), Great Feather Dance

Antonio Grant (Eastern Band Cherokee), One of the Highest Honors

Todd Bordeaux (Sicangu-Lakota), Lone Dog Wintercount 1850-1877
Angie and Nate Reano (Santo Domingo Pueblo), Mosaic Hair Ornament with Turquoise Hair Pin

Congradulations to all the winners not mentioned in this post and all who entered..



Repousse: Making tools and my first attempt..

  While  researching different types of smithing and applications. I found that Repousse is an interesting technique dating from Antiquity. An age-old metalworking technique where a malleable metal (gold, silver, copper, tin and bronze) is hammered from the back to create an ornate design. Also accompanying Repousse is Chasing,  Chasing works from the top side by sinking the metal to create the desired effect.  Astonished with the creations of  forms, raised design and sunken relief, I Inquired about it a little more.. I came upon Victoria Lansford’s work, displaying her technique on High Relief Eastern Repousse.  Who offers her modern-day approach to the age-old technique.. As well as an article on Ganoksin  website, going into detail about techniques, tools and application.  
   Being the diverse artist that I am, I thought I would give it try “What do I have to lose”. I decided to make some of  the basic tools on  my own. For the pitch bowl: It was a salsa container purchased from Wal-Mart. Placing a piece of lead at the bottom and filling it  2/3 with quick dry cement, until it sets. Then I removed the legs on the salsa bowl giving it a round bottom. Filling the remaining area with Green pitch from Rio Grande. If utilizing the bowl with a sand bag, you can achieve a wider radius of working angles. With a little help of my brother Pat’s toys, I was able to make the basic tools out of tool steel, nail punches and ruined stamps. This was achieved by cutting, sanding, filing, polishing and flame hardening the tools.
  “Now  I’m ready to play”  Working with my hammer, punches/tools, steel block, chasing bowl and base (sand bag). I began to work out my designs on paper, then transferring then onto the silver (annealed) with a magic marker. Using a liner tool I chase the design into the silver, on top of a steel block. In order to show the design on the back. Placing the silver onto the chasing bowl (top side down) with a little heat it will stick to the pitch. Now Im are ready to start hammering out the designs. This will be done in several process, as the metal will work harden and need to be annealed again and again. 
 In the pictures are my first attempts at creating a pair of earrings utilizing the Repousee technique.  Dabbling for 20 min at a time, it has taken me 3 to 4 hours to get this far (just on the Repousse) Still not finished with the earrings I decided to share my experience so far with you.


Further info on the following :
       Repousse and Chasing @ Wikipedia the free encyclopedia.
       Chasing and Repousse @ Ganoksin
       Victoria Lansford – High Relief Eastern Repousse