Joe H. Quintana (Cochiti) Silver Bracelet

Silver bracelet circa 1950s/1960s. Cuff measures 6 3/4" with a 1" opening. Hallmarked.

Joe Herrera Quintana (1915-1991) is considered by many to be one of the true master silversmiths of the 20th century. He apprenticed with well-known jeweler Frank Patania and worked in a number of shops in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque.  In 1966, Joe began a lifelong relationship with trader Irma Bailey and quickly positioned himself as the premier silversmith at her "Irma’s Indian Art & Pawn." The concha belt worn by musical performer Jim Morrison was crafted by Quintana in 1967 and purchased at this store by the Lizard King himself. Quintana worked with Irma for many years until her shop closed in 1971. Joe then returned to his home in Cochiti Pueblo where he continued to make jewelry and drums, and devoted himself to improving the quality of life in his village until his death in 1991. Joe's silversmith traditions live on through his son, Cippy CrazyHorse, and his grandson, Waddie CrazyHorse.