Jeff Dement's work is hand-crafted using a traditional Diné (Navajo) technique called Tufa Casting that dates back to the 1800's; over 200 years ago. His original designs are hand carved into Tuff, a compressed volcanic ash commonly called Tufa Rock, to create a mold. He heats the mold and pours molten silver into it to form each piece. After annealing, the silver is hand cut, filed and formed, then high-grade turquoise is inlayed into a bezel. The Tufa molds are only used once, making each and every piece a true one of a kind. The Turquoise he uses in his work is all Natural Stone, never stabilized or enhanced. He pours his heart and soul into each piece to give you the best quality possible.
Turquoise has spiritual energy and characteristics of strength, protection and power. Silver is a natural element and is one of the greatest conductors of energy of all metals. Silver is known to increase perception, feeling and awareness, creating a sense of balance and harmony. Since it is a great conductor of energy, it enhances Turquoise, conducting its energy to the person who wears it. Each and every piece of his modern contemporary jewelry is traditionally hand made, filled with energy, and created with passion.