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Sam Patania is the third generation of Patania artisans. In 1969, at the age of ten, he began his apprenticeship at the Tucson Thunderbird Shop.

Sam tries to keep within the traditions with which he was raised, honoring his father and grandfather, and other artisans as well, including well-known silver designer William Spratling. 

Sam’s personal philosophy as a jewelry artist reflects this aesthetic: “A desire to learn drives my work,” he says. “New techniques, symmetry, asymmetry, materials—all are areas which continue to drive my designs. Color captures my eye and the thought of the beautiful women who will wear my work keeps me inspired.”

Sam’s talents shine like his one-of-a-kind creations, such as the one which is currently in the permanent jewelry collection of the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.. And his work is also on display at the old Thunderbird Shop—now renamed “Patania Sterling Silver Originals,” to honor the creative spirit that has earmarked this family’s heritage for three generations.  The strength and character of the Patania name and tradition show no sign of weakening—doubtlessly, this is a family whose standard of excellence will survive and thrive well into both the future and history alike. (taken directly from "Patania: 70 Years of Excellence, Part II"by Shari Watson Miller MODERN SILVER magazine, April - May, 2001)  (See also, An Interview with Sam Patania by Marbeth Schon, MODERN SILVER magazine, Fall/Winter 2009)

Sam also does excellent repair work and will send estimates with good pictures via email. 

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