Born into a family with a long tradition of Navajo silversmithing dating back to her great-great-grandfather, Pablo Platero, and first taught by her great-grandparents, Ramon and Louise Platero, Samantha Platero has chosen to continue their practice of using traditional materials to create jewelry based on both history and contemporary exploration.

Both of Samantha’s grandparents became well-respected silversmiths known for their unique trademark, the holly leaf.  The leaf later influenced other silversmiths to incorporate the leaf design in Native American jewelry.  Both of her grandparents made jewelry and tended to their farm as a way of life. The farm is still in the Platero family today.

Samantha found it inevitable to continue the family tradition and carry on the values and craft that her grandparents embodied and lived.  Inspired by the high quality and hand-made techniques of her grandparents, Samantha collaborates with Navajo silversmiths to create finely crafted pieces that imbues Native American jewelry with a modern vision.