From contemporary Navajo to fashion forward designs, Kee inspired from traditional roots
A second generation Navajo silversmith, ANTHONY KEE celebrates a new and lively era of jewelry designers. Reared in Scottsdale, Arizona; Anthony follows a traditional family line of noted craftsmen, in a not so traditional vein.
Although the array of award-winning Navajo classics from master silversmiths and brothers Allen, George, and Ivan Kee; certainly inspired an influence, Anthony is focusing on a high-powered blending of handmade contemporary Navajo style to a production line of fashion forward sterling silver jewelry.
As a toddler, Anthony spent many afternoons at the "White Hogan", a world renown source of fine Navajo Indian jewelry, where his father George and uncles hand fabricated wonderful silver treasures. It was there that the essence of Navajo jewelry craftsmanship introduced its influence upon him.
For Kee, a clean and simplistic approach is the essence of his designing art. From earrings to necklaces, each incorporate bold yet sophisticated detail. Each piece is handcrafted with the highest degree of quality and dedication. Anthony's primary medium is sterling silver, yet gold is being utilized more into his latest handmade designs.
Traditional Navajo smithing tools prevail in the creation of his jewelry, including handmade steel dies and the use of cottonwood stumps for carving out patterns to hammer out and shape the sterling silver at hand.
Currently, Anthony is working to establish his jewelry website and producing an initial line of high quality production fashion jewelry.