Me

Hi! I am Diana Velez, an Alaska Native, born and raised in Anchorage, and I make Native Alaskan Jewelry. I learned how to make jewelry from LaRita Laktonen-Ward and have been exploring different styles, materials, and modern looks ever since by using a combination of colorful beads, dentalium, abalone, mother of pearl, seal skin, sea otter, Swarovski beads, and porcupine quills. My beading and sewing is inspired by my travels, exploring the outdoors, my family and dogs, camping, and painting.

Authentic Alaska Native Art from Alaska Silver Hand Permit

My Mother

Old Harbor, Alaska

My mother, Nora Jager-Velez, is an Alutiiq from Old Harbor, Alaska.

Old Harbor, Alaska

My Father

My father, Raphael Velez, is from Arecibo, Puerto Rico.

Arecibo, Puerto Rico
Arecibo, Puerto Rico