Aaron Toadlena: Married for over 20 years and has 2 daughters, two sons and a grandson. He lives in Northern Arizona. All his jewelry is stamped with a “handprint” which is the symbol of the creators of the five fingers clan. The ideas and creation of his jewelry evolve when his mind, heart, eyes, and hands work in concert. Aaron always creates his work of fine craftsmanship in the late evening or early dawn, when he feels his ideas come together from his soul. He believes his jewelry is a translation of his people “where the streams come together”.
Lapis Lazuli – Mines in northeast Afghanistan continue to be a major source of lapis lazuli. Important amounts are also produced from mines west of Lake Baikal in Russia, and in the Andes mountains in Chile. Smaller quantities are mined in Pakistan, Italy, Mongolia, the United States, and Canada. It is a stone prized for its intense blue color. The name Lapis Lazuli comes from the Arabic word lazward, from which the word azure comes, which means blue. Ancient Romans used to call it “sapphires,” which was subsequently applied to the blue variety of corundum we know today as sapphire.