I'm starting a new series of blogs and Instagram posts that highlight women I respect and admire. These women will range from fashion icons, designers, authors, vintage legends, historical figures and modern-day women I admire.
Up first in the series is Mary Marie Yazzie Lincoln. Mary Marie is the sister of two very famous Navajo jewelry artists - Lee and Raymond Yazzie. While her brothers tend to get most of the attention, Mary Marie is an artist in her own rights.
Mary Marie was born in 1943 and is a member of the Folding Arms Can in Gallup, NM, Her family has been in the jewelry making business since the early 1900s and it's become a family tradition. The family is one of the most well-known Navajo jewelry makers in history. You can read more about her and her jewelry making process in an article on National Watch and Diamond Exchange's site.
Check out some of her stunning pieces:
If you're interested in learning more about the Yazzie family - they were featured in a Smithsonian exhibit called Glittering World and a video is available that features the Yazzie Family.