Silver and Gold Hair Barrette
14kt Yellow Gold and Sterling Silver Stamped Barrette by Artist Alvin Monte. This barrette features 14kt yellow gold overlay on sterling silver with hand stamped designs with a spring clasp closure. This barrette measures 3 1/4inches x 3/4inches.
Native American Artist: Alvin Monte
Navajo jewelry artist Alvin Monte works in both gold and silver, often making his own stamping tools to create one-of-a-kind designs.
Born in Socorro, Monte grew up in Canoncito, New Mexico. Both his parents were well-known silversmiths, but Monte didn’t pick up the trade until he moved away from
home. He is a self-taught silversmith. His inspirations often come from petroglyphs or pueblo designs although the execution of his designs is more symbolic than realistic. The result is a more modern verses traditional design that he likes to embellish with various stones including amethysts and garnets for a lustrous effect. Monte is now teaching his young son, who at age nine shows a talent for silver-smithing, thus elevating another generation of the Montes into the artist world.