Oscar Betz (???? – ) Oscar Betz moved to Jerome, Arizona sometime between 1967 and 1979. He was among the many hippies, renegades, freethinkers, and artists who relocated to Arizona’s richest copper mining city during those years. He is now recognized as a renowned Navajo Silversmith who rise to fame occurred during the 70’s and 80’s. His work has been featured in galleries and movies, and also worn by many celebrities. His work is highly collectible.
Betz’s pieces include earrings, pendants, and pins in sterling silver and turquoise. He is most well-known for a collaborative design he created with Rocki Gorman and is known as the Chandelier Dangle earrings. These are sterling silver, set with turquoise, spiny oyster, variscite, amethyst, and agate. Other earring designs of this type incorporate a variety of stones that include coral and black onyx.
Many large Oscar Betz clip back cluster dangle earrings have remained off the market since their initial creation.
Among his other notable creations are Navajo Turquoise, Spiny Oyster and Sterling Silver Post Earrings and a cuff he created in the late 70’s. The cuff is 1 3/4″ wide and 6 1/2″ Long (end to end) that contains 51 grams of Sterling Silver and has a three-dimensional design with excellent engraving.
His son, L’Mont Betz learned the jewelry business from his father and has been running his own shop called, ‘Broken Wing Designs’ since 1983 where he sells designs created by Oscar and keeps the family tradition alive.