You may know Ben Nighthorse Campbell as a Colorado Senator who was elected in 1993 and served until 2005 or as the sponsor of the bill that established the National Museum of the American Indian. But add master jeweler to the list. For decades, Campbell has crafted necklaces, bracelets and other pieces made with gems, sterling silver and gold in his studio in Ignacio, Colorado. Most recently, he has created a Creation Pendant, sold only at the National Museum of the American Indian with proceeds funding its programs.
Modeled after a talisman worn by 14th-century Moors, the silver pendant with a turquoise center stone is meant to bring good fortune to its wearers If Campbell’s artistic side is news to you, get this. He also captained the American judo team at the 1964 Olympics.
( Photograph Courtesy of the National Museum of the American Indian)