Jennifer L. Medina

  • Award-winning contemporary jeweler 
  • Santo Domingo Pueblo
  • Creates innovative jewelry inspired by tradition
  • Known for use of high-quality turquoise & gemstones
  • Santa Fe Indian Market Award Winner
  • Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market Award Winner
  • Native Treasures Indian Art Festival Artist

“It’s an extreme pleasure to be a featured artist with Shumakolowa Native Arts. I am thankful for the site which allows people around the world to see my work and I am honored to be part of the Shumakolowa family.”- Jennifer Medina

Jennifer Medina is an award-winning contemporary jewelry artist from Kewa (Santo Domingo) Pueblo. She has been surrounded by Pueblo culture and art her entire life and first learned the craft of jewelry-making by apprenticing with her mother. With her mother’s guidance she learned how to string gemstone necklaces, craft traditional handmade heishi beads and select the finest turquoise and materials while she was still a child. Today, Medina is known for her unique style of silversmithing, handcrafting one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces with extremely high-quality turquoise and gemstones. Working primarily in sterling silver and gold, she creates jewelry using tufa and cuttlefish casting, lapidary and inlay work, stamp work and other advanced jewelry techniques and her jewelry is known for its incredible artistry and sophistication. Medina’s bold jewelry pieces often feature innovative shapes and sculptural silhouettes, while also representing and respecting traditional elements. Medina has won awards at Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market in Phoenix, Arizona.

"Jennifer Medina’s work is clean and elegant. She definitely takes time to ensure each one of her pieces is completed with the utmost care and consideration. She is certainly a silversmith to watch going into the future." - Ira Wilson, Native Art Expert