Award-winning Native American jewelry artist Virginia Tsoe grew up on the Navajo Reservation near Pinedale, New Mexico. At the young age of five, she began helping her parents and grandparents with their jewelry-making and at the age of 12, began making jewelry on her own. Her paternal grandparents were well-known jewelry artists whose last name was Silversmith.
Tsoe learned the art of silver bead-making by assisting her grandmother, who lived until the age of 108. Now with over 40+ years of experience in silver bead-making, Tsoe creates necklaces from hand-made beads in various sizes and shapes.
Tsoe’s high-quality craftsmanship has garnered her numerous prizes including First and Second Place at the Inter-Tribal Ceremonial Festival in Gallup, New Mexico.