Calvin Martinez

Calvin Martinez

Perry Null Trading:

When did you first begin making jewelry?

Calvin Martinez:

I started in 1970 when I was 14 years old. My family made jewelry so that is where I got my start. In the beginning I did lots of cast work.

Perry Null Trading:

Today do you still use those same techniques?

Calvin Martinez:

Yes, it is like I make my jewelry from scratch. Instead of buying sheet silver I will buy scrap silver and melt that down and then use my roller to get the desired thickness. My jewelry is all handmade from start to finish.

Perry Null Trading:

You do most of your work in the traditional style, is their a reason for this?

Calvin Martinez:

That is the style I like. When I go to the shops in town I always look at the pawn jewelry to get ideas. I also get lots of orders from elder Navajo people, and they always want the jewelry heavy and in the traditional style.

Perry Null Trading:

When did your work start to get recognized by collectors?

Calvin Martinez:

In 1983 I did a show in Kansas City where a woman came to my booth. She was wearing a bracelet that I liked and recognized. I asked her if I could see it, and it was a piece I had made. I told her and she was very happy to meet me. At that time I realized that my style was one people liked and buying.

Perry Null Trading:

Who are some of the artist you had an influence on?

Calvin Martinez:

I taught my brothers Terry & Rick, and also my brother in-law Ernest Begay. I have also worked with non-indian artist, teaching a person from North Carolina and another from San Antonio, Texas.

Perry Null Trading:

You can not find your work at many of the trading post in Gallup, why?

Calvin Martinez:

I will only sell my work to people I know. Buyers that appreciate the work and the ones I can talk about jewelry with, many buyers do not know good jewelry and are always trying to beat down your price.

Perry Null Trading:

Do you know where some of your best pieces have gone to?

Calvin Martinez:

I have a collector who contacts me for piece work. He has over 200 of my pieces, some work I have never duplicated. In the home he has it in a showcase, and some of them have very collectable pieces of turquoise. It would be nice to have some of those back.

Art from this Artist

Calvin Martinez, Bolo, Kingman Turquoise, Shadowbox, Sterling Silver, Navajo, 44
Calvin Martinez, Bolo, Kingman Turquoise, Shadowbox, Sterling Silver, Navajo, 44
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$3,290.00
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$3,290.00
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Calvin Martinez, Bracelet, Fred Peshlakai Revival, Persian Turquoise, Navajo,6.5
Calvin Martinez, Bracelet, Fred Peshlakai Revival, Persian Turquoise, Navajo,6.5
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$1,200.00
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$1,200.00
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Calvin Martinez, Bracelet, Kingman Turquoise, Stamping, Navajo Handmade, 6.26
Calvin Martinez, Bracelet, Kingman Turquoise, Stamping, Navajo Handmade, 6.26
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$1,190.00
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$1,190.00
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Calvin Martinez, Bracelet, Number 8 Turquoise, Cluster, Silver, Navajo, 6.5 in
Calvin Martinez, Bracelet, Number 8 Turquoise, Cluster, Silver, Navajo, 6.5 in
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$1,290.00
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$1,290.00
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Calvin Martinez, Bracelet, Original Stamping, Revival Stacker, Navajo Made, 6.5
Calvin Martinez, Bracelet, Original Stamping, Revival Stacker, Navajo Made, 6.5
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$335.00
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$335.00
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Calvin Martinez, Bracelet, Original Stamping, Wave Stacker, Navajo Made, 6.5
Calvin Martinez, Bracelet, Original Stamping, Wave Stacker, Navajo Made, 6.5
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$375.00
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$375.00
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Calvin Martinez, Bracelet, Round Wire, Diamond Eye Stacker, Silver, Navajo Made, 6.5
Calvin Martinez, Bracelet, Round Wire, Diamond Eye Stacker, Silver, Navajo Made, 6.5
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$335.00
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$335.00
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Calvin Martinez, Bracelet, Round Wire, Diamond Stacker, Silver, Navajo Made, 6.5
Calvin Martinez, Bracelet, Round Wire, Diamond Stacker, Silver, Navajo Made, 6.5
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$335.00
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$335.00
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Calvin Martinez, Bracelet, Round Wire, Stamped Stacker, Silver, Navajo Made, 6.5
Calvin Martinez, Bracelet, Round Wire, Stamped Stacker, Silver, Navajo Made, 6.5
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$335.00
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$335.00
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Calvin Martinez, Bracelet, Round Wire, Stripe Stacker, Silver, Navajo Made, 7.25
Calvin Martinez, Bracelet, Round Wire, Stripe Stacker, Silver, Navajo Made, 7.25
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$335.00
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$335.00
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Calvin Martinez, Bracelet, Round Wire, Tread Stacker, Silver, Navajo Made, 6.5
Calvin Martinez, Bracelet, Round Wire, Tread Stacker, Silver, Navajo Made, 6.5
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$335.00
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$335.00
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Calvin Martinez, Bracelet, Round Wire, Tread, Silver, Navajo Made, 6.75
Calvin Martinez, Bracelet, Round Wire, Tread, Silver, Navajo Made, 6.75
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$335.00
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$335.00
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Calvin Martinez, Bracelet, Square Wire, Zig Zag Stacker, Silver, Navajo Made, 6.5
Calvin Martinez, Bracelet, Square Wire, Zig Zag Stacker, Silver, Navajo Made, 6.5
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$335.00
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$335.00
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Calvin Martinez, Buckle, Revival, Stamping, Sterling Silver, Navajo Made, 1.5 in
Calvin Martinez, Buckle, Revival, Stamping, Sterling Silver, Navajo Made, 1.5 in
Regular price
$445.00
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$445.00
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Calvin Martinez, Concho Belt, Persian Turquoise, Navajo Handmade, 10 Pcs
Calvin Martinez, Concho Belt, Persian Turquoise, Navajo Handmade, 10 Pcs
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$4,520.00
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$4,520.00
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Calvin Martinez, Cuff, Kingman Turquoise Nuggets, Silver, Navajo Handmade, 6.5 in
Calvin Martinez, Cuff, Kingman Turquoise Nuggets, Silver, Navajo Handmade, 6.5 in
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$925.00
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$925.00
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Calvin Martinez, Earrings, Round Clusters, Mediterranean Coral, Navajo, 4
Calvin Martinez, Earrings, Round Clusters, Mediterranean Coral, Navajo, 4
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$740.00
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$740.00
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Calvin Martinez, Narrow Bracelet, Stamping, Lines, Silver, Navajo Made, 6.75
Calvin Martinez, Narrow Bracelet, Stamping, Lines, Silver, Navajo Made, 6.75
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$335.00
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$335.00
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Calvin Martinez, Pendant, Carico Lake Turquoise, Spiny, Dragonfly, Navajo, 3.75
Calvin Martinez, Pendant, Carico Lake Turquoise, Spiny, Dragonfly, Navajo, 3.75
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$745.00
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$745.00
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Calvin Martinez, Pierced Earrings, Dangle, Fox Turquoise, Navajo Handmade, 4
Calvin Martinez, Pierced Earrings, Dangle, Fox Turquoise, Navajo Handmade, 4
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$560.00
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$560.00
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Calvin Martinez, Pin, Mediterranean Coral, Sterling Silver, Navajo Handmade
Calvin Martinez, Pin, Mediterranean Coral, Sterling Silver, Navajo Handmade
Regular price
$740.00
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$740.00
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Calvin Martinez, Pin, Persian Turquoise, Sterling Silver, Navajo Handmade, 2.5in
Calvin Martinez, Pin, Persian Turquoise, Sterling Silver, Navajo Handmade, 2.5in
Regular price
$445.00
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$445.00
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Calvin Martinez, Ring, Large Contemporary Design, Navajo Handmade, 8 1/2
Calvin Martinez, Ring, Large Contemporary Design, Navajo Handmade, 8 1/2
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$335.00
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$335.00
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Calvin Martinez, Ring, Revival Style, Sterling Silver, Navajo Handmade, 9
Calvin Martinez, Ring, Revival Style, Sterling Silver, Navajo Handmade, 9
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$290.00
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$290.00
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Calvin Martinez, Ring, Wild Horse, Big, Stamping, Silver, Navajo Handmade, 7.5
Calvin Martinez, Ring, Wild Horse, Big, Stamping, Silver, Navajo Handmade, 7.5
Regular price
$335.00
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$335.00
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Leon Martinez, Bolo, Kingman Turquoise, Cluster, Sterling Silver, Navajo Made,48
Leon Martinez, Bolo, Kingman Turquoise, Cluster, Sterling Silver, Navajo Made,48
Regular price
$2,925.00
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$2,925.00
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