A native of the Santo Domingo Pueblo, Wayne Aguilar grew up watching his parents, renowned silversmiths Earnestine and Tony Aguilar working with brass, silver, coral and turquoise.
Aguilar attributes his talent for unique designs and quality craftsmanship to the influence of his parents and to his Native American heritage. “I am blessed and successful because of my parents’ guidance, says Aguilar.
Aguilar purchase rough stones from traders, then polishes, shapes, designs and incorporates each stone into beautiful pendants, necklaces and bracelets. Often using brass as well as sterling silver to compliment his exquisite turquoise settings, he also likes to add a visual accent to each piece he crafts. His trademark is to add one stone or bead of contrasting color on each side of a necklace or pendant.