Sterling silver and natural Turquoise Ring by Navajo artist, Fritson Toledo.
Fritson Toledo has been metalsmithing for over forty years. Fritson is a Navajo artist who has been working as a serious silversmith since he was a teenager. Born in Cuba, New Mexico in September of 1961 to Mae and Chee Toledo, Fritson grew up in Torreon, NM. Growing up in a farming community located in a valley framed by the Jemez Mountains, he passed his time drawing. Although he comes from a family of weavers, Fritson found his artistic voice at a very early age while observing his father working in their home as a silversmith. Fritson then taught himself the art of jewelry-making using his father’s tools on the pieces of scrap silver he left behind. Fritson eventually learned how to make his own tools and stamps for silversmithing. He has clearly become a jewelry master using only the highest quality stones.