Two artists, Turza Wells and Andrew Shows, began working together in 1978. She was a silversmith from Illinois with a Bachelor's degree in art education, and he was a painter/sculptor from Maryland with Bachelors in drawing and painting and a Masters in sculpture and ceramics.

They combined their talents and created a unique style of colorful inlay and carved-stone jewelry, which is southwestern in origin, yet, universal in appeal. The application of their jewelry designs involves cutting and carving stones of different images, fabricating the sterling silver or gold settings, and arranging them in mosaic patterns that tell a story. The cutting and carving is a long and tedious process and must be handled with care and precision. Their metalwork skills have been honed from 40 years of experience, and the final polishing presents a lustrous, smooth, and tactile finish to each piece.

Together they have owned a gallery; sold to museums, including the St. Louis Art Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY; worked in the fashion industry, with a feature in Elle Magazine; and sold and displayed their work world-wide including Harrod's of London. Now their jewelry is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Indian Art and Culture in Santa Fe, NM, though they are among the few non-Indian artists selected.

Their goal has always been to create one-of-a-kind pieces that are wearable works of art, made solely by Turza and Andrew Shows.
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