Arnold and Karlena Goodluck are fourth generation silversmiths from the Navajo Reservation in northern Arizona. They have been creating authentic Native American jewelry for over 20 years and are known best for their beautiful shadowbox designs. Arnold learned the art of silversmithing, specifically the shadowbox technique, from his dad who has been silversmithing for over 40 years.
Unlike most shadowbox jewelry, the Goodluck's create their designs by meticulously cutting around free-form genuine turquoise - each piece designed around the stone. Then they hand-stamp around the shadowbox, dome it from the inside and solder it to the background silver. The background silver and stamped design is then chemically oxidized, the turquoise is set in the bezel and the silver is polished to a shine.
The Goodluck's have won numerous awards including ribbons from the Annual Heard Show, Gallup Ceremonial, Navajo Nation, New Mexico State Fair and others. They have taught each of their four daughters the art. In fact, at their most recent show, their second oldest daughter won the blue ribbon and Arnold and Karlena won red! It gives them great pride knowing that their daughters will continue the family tradition.
Every piece is signed on the back with Goodluck's four leaf clover and the initials AG in the center. A Certificate of Authenticity and a picture of the artist is included with each piece.