David Tune – Navajo

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David Tune Navajo/Creek Sterling Overlay Bracelet

David Tune is an authentic Native American Indian. He is a member of the Creek and Navajo Tribes. David began his professional career as a jewelry craftsman in 1976, when he was commissioned to design a jewelry ensemble for the National March of Dimes Poster Child and Past President Ford Senate, from this inspiration he decided to allow his creativity to flow and has created and constructed some of the finest masterpieces of authentic Native American Indian jewelry with a contemporary flare. He was forced to resign himself from his art due to a difficult battle with cancer in 1987, but he was cured of his cancer with assistance from his Uncle and with pride and self-determination he returned to his passion of hand crafting beautiful masterpieces of fine jewelry.

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The work of David Tune is very distinctive and easily recognizable. He works primarily with sterling silver and gold and uses authentic multi-colored coral, turquoise, lapis, sugelite, mother of pearl stones, and other various materials which each symbolize the six directions in life in combination with his dramatic stamp work. His colorful and innovative inlays in his jewelry are inspired by the aerial views o the earth that he sees from hot air ballooning and skydiving hobbies. His creations include rings, necklaces, bolos, bracelets, earrings, and concho belts. Every piece that is created by David symbolizes special spiritual meaning. David stamps each of his pieces with a symbol of a sun surrounded by a circle.


  • 1983 Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Gallup, NM
  • 1985 Best of Show Red Earth Oklahoma, OK
  • 1985 Best of Show Art Show Boulder, CO
  • 1995 Best of Show New Mexico State Fair
  • 1997 1st Place Indian Art Show Lawrence, KS
  • 1986 Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Gallup, NM
  • 1999 Best of Show Tulsa OK Art Show
  • Publications:

  • American Indian Jewelry I 1,200 Artist Biographies
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