White Buffalo has won over 300 awards for his intricately Designed jewelry. With a heritage of the Comanche and Navajo influences from his wife’s family, White Buffalo’s began his career in silver-smithing in the early 1970’s. Over the next two decades, White Buffalo gained recognition for his masterfully designed works, which include a bicentennial piece in the Smithsonian Institute.
In 1976 his designs captured Best of Indian Market in Santa Fe and he has won in every category at the Gallup Indian Ceremonial. In the 1980s, White Buffalo was honored the title Grand Master of Silver by the world’s largest silver refiner, Handy & Harmon. In the 1990’s, White Buffalo was invited to participate in the DeBeers International Diamond Competition with some of the best jewelers in the world.
Recently, White Buffalo celebrated his 45th anniversary of working with silver and gold. His son Al Perez is now his right-hand man, making it five generations of silver-smithing in his family.