Vincent J. Platero Navajo Silversmith

Vincent J. Platero Sr


  • Known for Intricate Stampwork
  • Designs Feature Navajo Rug Patterns, Dragonflies, and Butterflys
  • No Two Pieces are Exactly Alike
  • Denver Indian Art Market
  • NM State Fair/li>

Vincent J. Platero, Sr. is a Navajo (Diné) artist from the Edgewater and Black Streak clans. Learning silversmithing from his mother, Helen Chavez, Platero has been actively making jewelry since the 1970s.

Born in 1957, Platero is from To’hajiilee, New Mexico, and is known for his beautiful and intricate stampwork, utilizing his extremely large collection of handmade silver stamps.

Platero crafts exquisite, highly collectible jewelry from sterling silver, and often features traditional Navajo rug patterns in his designs, along with dragonflies and butterflies. Concho belts, rings that adjust to fit anyone, bracelets, and earrings are just some of the beautiful and unique items he is known for – because of the extremely intricate detailing, no two pieces will ever be exactly alike.

The detail and craftsmanship of Platero’s work has earned him awards from the New Mexico State Fair and the Denver Art Market. He stamps his work with one of two hallmarks, “VJP,” or an arrow with “Vincent” above it.