VIRGIL ORTIZ designs Jewelry Collection for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian



Virgil Ortiz has designed a collection of sterling silver jewelry in collaboration with the Smithsonian. The jewelry infuses various elements of his heritage into motifs for the collection.

While the jewelry will be exclusively available at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian stores in DC and New York, it will premiere in Santa Fe, New Mexico on August 15, 2017, at King Galleries.

A limited number of pieces will be available that week to the public. Ortiz will personally introduce this exciting new addition to his fashion and art.

Ortiz, who won his first Santa Fe Indian Market award when he was 14, created four cultural motifs for the collection: wild spinach, Rez Spine, water and turkey tracks. They became the basis of jewelry that American artisans subsequently created.

Wild spinach is a reference to the first in a series of painstaking steps to create the black paint used in traditional Cochiti Pueblo pottery. Rez Spine embodies mountains, thunder and lightning; water embodies waves. The turkey tracks are a symbol from old Pueblo regalia.


The collection marks the largest jewelry assortment Ortiz has been involved in. He is well known for his ceramics as well as for a high-fashion line, both of which celebrate his Native heritage.

His motifs for the new jewelry collection, which offers pieces for both men and women, have the same revivalist vision of all of Ortiz’s work.

Sterling Silver Bangles (T-B): Turkey Tracks, Wild Spinach, Rez Spine & Water


The jewelry line includes bangles, cuffs, earrings, necklaces and cuff links, all in sterling silver will be exclusive to the Smithsonian NMAI museum shops in New York and Washington, DC.