A Family Legacy


Father-and-daughter  jewelers Michael and Elizabeth Kirk are an inspired design team. From initial concept to the fine swipe of a polishing cloth, they fluidly trade ideas and tasks until each finished piece emerges. It’s a dynamic that began when Elizabeth was a little girl popping into her dad’s Isleta Pueblo garage/workshop, about 20 miles south of Albuquerque, N.M. Today the family business is situated in a 1,700-square-foot studio, which Elizabeth admits sometimes looks like it’s been hit by a tornado. “Right now we’ve got 11 projects going, and that’s just the big ones,” she explains. Even with so much variety taking shape in the shop, the same currents run through it all: meticulous craftsmanship and a contemporary twist on Native jewelry. Look no further than Kirk’s e-coated Argentium feather cuffs and earrings. Available in a huge range of custom hues, each piece sings with vivid colors and subtle textures. The line has been turning heads and energizing buyers at the Santa Fe Indian Market since its introduction two years ago.