Monthly Archives: March 2015

A Frank Dishta Masterpiece


This cuff is a fantastic example of Frank Dishta’s work, c. 1950. Dishta, born in 1902, was an active jeweler between 1925-1954. He worked primarily in channel inlay and made jewelry for sale at the original Zuni Pueblo Trading Post owned by famed trader C. G. Wallace. Along with his contemporaries, artists such as Leekya Deyuse and Leo Poblano, Dishta developed a unique style, which remains associated with his name. His designs, comprised of many small individually set rounded turquoise pieces, are iconic and highly sought after. This bracelet features over 200 individual teardrop shaped stone settings surrounding large oval cabochons of natural American turquoise set in handmade bezels. This bracelet is an extremely rare example of an important Native American silversmith, and would be a significant contribution to a collection.

His legacy continues with the work of his son and grandsons.