Placitas Artists - Leslie Jaffe
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Leslie Jaffe
Enticing Jewelry

Placitas, NM 87043

Leslie JaffeMy love of jewelry making began in high school with a beginning silver smith course. In later years, I moved to East Africa to begin a career as a safari operator and guide. The beauty of ancient trade beads and abundance of gemstones mined there inspired me to return to the craft, and in the ten years I lived there I collected many unique pieces to create what I call “Neo-Ethnic” jewelry. These pieces were sold widely around Tanzania in gift shops and galleries.

Today, my home is in Placitas, New Mexico, and my pieces are a mixture of contemporary and traditional elements; precious and semi-precious gemstones, with antique and newly formed high karat gold components. Because of the uniqueness of materials, all pieces are one-of-a-kind. In some instances, however, similar works can be created, and custom orders are welcome.


“Art Round Up”, Taos Center for the Arts, September, 2005

“Designers Showcase, The New Mexico Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts” Santa Fe Opera House, Santa Fe, NM November 2004

“Fabulous Femmes Holiday Show”, Taos, NM November 2003

“The Taos Open” Bataan Hall, Taos, NM September 2003

“Art Wears 2002” The Harwood Museum, Taos, NM November 2002

    Galleries and Shops

Marlowe & Company Jewellers, St. Helena, CA

Luna Felix Goldsmith, Santa Fe, NM

El Monte Segrado, Taos, NM