Pendant - Splash of Quartz Crystal Pe-860-12
Pendant - Splash of Quartz Crystal Pe-860-12
Pendant - Splash of Blue Topaz Pe-719-12
Pendant - Splash of Blue Topaz Pe-719-12
Necklace - Sun Flower - Sterling Silver & Caracas
Necklace - Sun Flower - Sterling Silver & Caracas
Necklace - Sterling Silver Link - Ch-395-21
Necklace - Sterling Silver Link - Ch-395-21
Necklace - Sterling Silver & Caracas Crystal Quartz  Pe-925
Necklace - Sterling Silver & Caracas Crystal Quartz Pe-925
Necklace - Sterling Silver & Caracas Citrine  - Pe-926
Necklace - Sterling Silver & Caracas Citrine - Pe-926
Necklace - Satellite - Sterling Silver & Amethyst - Pe-667
Necklace - Satellite - Sterling Silver & Amethyst - Pe-667
Necklace - Petite Vine - Sterling Silver & Turquoise - C-941
Necklace - Petite Vine - Sterling Silver & Turquoise - C-941
Necklace - Lace Style - Sterling Silver & Turquoise
Necklace - Lace Style - Sterling Silver & Turquoise
Necklace - French Curves Drop Ne-956
Necklace - French Curves Drop Ne-956
Necklace - Dragon Fly - Sterling Silver & Turquoise
Necklace - Dragon Fly - Sterling Silver & Turquoise
Necklace - Caracas Green Quartz & Sterling Silver  Pe-928
Necklace - Caracas Green Quartz & Sterling Silver Pe-928
Necklace - Caracas Amethyst & Sterling Silver Pe-927
Necklace - Caracas Amethyst & Sterling Silver Pe-927
Necklace - Bean Chain - Sterling Silver - C-835
Necklace - Bean Chain - Sterling Silver - C-835
Necklace - Aurora - Sterling Silver - N-902
Necklace - Aurora - Sterling Silver - N-902
Necklace - Angelo Alato Couture Sand Cast C-935
Necklace - Angelo Alato Couture Sand Cast C-935
Earrings - Sterling Silver Square Dangles Green Quartz  E-914
Earrings - Sterling Silver Square Dangles Green Quartz E-914
Earrings - Sterling Silver Square Dangles Clear Quartz E-915
Earrings - Sterling Silver Square Dangles Clear Quartz E-915
Earrings - Sterling Silver Square Dangles Clear Quartz E-689
Earrings - Sterling Silver Square Dangles Clear Quartz E-689
Earrings - Sterling Silver Square Dangles Clear Quartz  E-764
Earrings - Sterling Silver Square Dangles Clear Quartz E-764
Earrings - Sterling Silver Square Dangles Blue Topaz  E-916
Earrings - Sterling Silver Square Dangles Blue Topaz E-916
Earrings - Sterling Silver Square Dangles Amethyst  E-681
Earrings - Sterling Silver Square Dangles Amethyst E-681
Earrings - Sterling Silver Simple Heart  E-011
Earrings - Sterling Silver Simple Heart E-011
Earrings - Sterling Silver French Dyer Blue Dots E-872
Earrings - Sterling Silver French Dyer Blue Dots E-872
Earrings - Sterling Silver Dots E-913
Earrings - Sterling Silver Dots E-913
Earrings - Sterling Silver Dangles Amethyst E-696
Earrings - Sterling Silver Dangles Amethyst E-696
Earrings - Sterling Silver Dangles Amethyst E-688
Earrings - Sterling Silver Dangles Amethyst E-688
Earrings - Sterling Silver Confetti  E-546
Earrings - Sterling Silver Confetti E-546
Earrings - Sterling Silver Conchita  E-052
Earrings - Sterling Silver Conchita E-052
Earrings - Sterling Silver Chillito E-012
Earrings - Sterling Silver Chillito E-012
Earrings - Sterling Silver Chandelier
Earrings - Sterling Silver Chandelier
Earrings - Sterling Silver CB Dangles  E-908-2
Earrings - Sterling Silver CB Dangles E-908-2
Earrings - Sterling Silver CB Dangles  E-908
Earrings - Sterling Silver CB Dangles E-908
Earrings - Sterling Silver Bleeding Heart With Garnet E-855
Earrings - Sterling Silver Bleeding Heart With Garnet E-855
Earrings - Sterling Silver Action Single Twist E-504
Earrings - Sterling Silver Action Single Twist E-504
Bracelet - Sterling Silver Tripoli Cuff E-917
Bracelet - Sterling Silver Tripoli Cuff E-917
Bracelet - Sterling Silver French Curves Cuff  Br-830
Bracelet - Sterling Silver French Curves Cuff Br-830
Bracelet - Sterling Silver Blade B-001
Bracelet - Sterling Silver Blade B-001
Bracelet - Sterling Silver Alba Picco Br-900
Bracelet - Sterling Silver Alba Picco Br-900
Bracelet - Sterling Silver -
Bracelet - Sterling Silver - "Susanna Cuff" B-009
Bracelet - Rio Triumpho B-404
Bracelet - Rio Triumpho B-404
Bracelet - Caracas Cuff Topaz B-785
Bracelet - Caracas Cuff Topaz B-785
Bracelet - Caracas Cuff Quartz Green  B-788
Bracelet - Caracas Cuff Quartz Green B-788
Bracelet - Caracas Cuff Amethyst B-787
Bracelet - Caracas Cuff Amethyst B-787


About Patania Jewelry



Sam Patania



Sam Patania - Third Generation Artisan in Jewelry

Sam Patania, as the third generation of Patania artisans, has followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather before him. In 1969, at the age of ten, he began his apprenticeship at the Tucson Thunderbird Shop. For the next decade, his after-school training would be a major part of his daily routine. But Sam followed his own path, having sought instruction outside the traditions of the shop.​



​In his 1977-78 school year, Sam enrolled in a jewelry-making course at Catalina High School where he met his future wife Monica Borquez, and explored new approaches to his craft. In 1979, he became a full-time employee of the Thunderbird Shop. 



Times have changed since Frank Patania Sr. first started working, and those changes have led his grandson Sam to reexamine the methodology within the shop structure. He has seen the need to integrate production methods which in the past would have been unacceptable, such as the decision to cast. Previous to Sam’s tenure at the shop, this would have been considered “cheating,” but today, it is a necessary move to keep the shop viable financially. Sam pushes the traditional techniques he was taught and challenges the world of metalsmithing to come with him. In this way he honors his father and grandfather who were also innovators in jewelry, and other artisans as well, including well-known silver designer William Spratling.



Feeding his need for knowledge he would attend the University of Arizona in 1988-89, where he studied with jewelry instructor Michael Croft. “Michael got me to design wildly different work than at the shop,” Sam said, in reflecting on the influence that Croft had on him in the Tucson Museum of Arts exhibition catalogue 'The Patanias: Legacy in Silver and Gold'. The multifaceted work that Croft inspired in Sam included the techniques of lost wax casting, and the Japanese technique of monkume, (a fusion-layered patterned laminate).