Most notably, below is a complete scan of a rare booklet of the famous Tucson silversmiths Alberto Contreras and Sons. Likewise, the Contreras family distributes this booklet to advertise their unique Southwest jewelry. Consequently, Alberto is no longer with us, but the dynasty lives on through several of his sons who are still in the jewelry business in Tucson, Arizona. Furthermore, according to Michael’s website:
First of all, there are six sons in the family.
Secondly, the son’s begin their apprenticeship in silversmithing when they are in the first grade
Thirdly, Alberto Contreras learns silversmithing from Frank Patania Sr.
Fourthly, Their first store is inside a local drug store. Their second and third stores are on Ash Alley in Tucson. Their last shop is on Drachman in Tucson.
Finally, Frank Patania’s influence is evident in Contreras silversmithing today.
Most noteworthy, the Contreras family is one of three world renown silversmith families from Tucson, Arizona. Equally important, the other famous silversmiths include Carlos Diaz and the Patania Family. Furthermore, you will see each other’s influences in their prospective jewelry!
Of course, Tucson Indian Jewelry proudly sells vintage Contreras family Southwest Jewelry. Although technically not Native American Indian, their Southwest style jewelry exhibits exceptional and original handmade craftsmanship. Moreover, to see a few examples of their jewelry for sale on this website, please click HERE!
To begin with: In a world of mass-produced machine-made jewelry, Alberto Contreras and sons stands alone. Individual craftsmanship is the credo for this family of talented artisans, a tradition for over three generations.
Additionally, Michael Contreras is the second son.
Notably, he currently works out of his Gallery on 6th Street. Aside from being a master silversmith, he is also a very talented artist! To view his website, please click HERE!
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