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Shreve Saville artist profile

“I believe that jewelry should not only be beautiful but have intrinsic value that can be passed on to future generations ” — Shreve Saville

Shreve R. Saville loves adventure, design, and treasure. He grew up on a ranch near Fredericksburg Texas and was influenced by Native American art at an early age. It was tradition for his Mom to display all of the wonderful pieces his family had collected dating back to before the 1930s. The pieces with turquoise from famous mines and the intricate patterns in the wool Navajo rugs were his favorites. To Shreve, these were treasures with intrinsic value, to be handed down for generations. 

In college in Oregon, he joined a college-sponsored adventure travel/Eco-tourism program. Traveling throughout New Zealand and Australia, he had the opportunity to experience immersion into the local Maori culture. Later his travels led him to Asia, where he was able to explore ancient temples, marveling at the amazing diversity of art. These experiences impacted him deeply and he began to bring ethnographic art home. The scope of the pieces ranged from ancient Majapahit beads and Dayak tribe wood carvings to antique Javanese textiles and many other unique items. In time, Shreve decided to make his own treasures, turning his travel experiences and cultural influences into objects of art. The mission was to incorporate adventure, intrinsic value, and design into pieces he could share with the world. From this new beginning, he was brought full circle back to his early influence of American Turquoise. Shreve now owns several mines that supply his designs. One is Thunder Mountain, which produces exceptional, highly collectible turquoise. Shreve also has exclusive contracts for the production of other mines such as the Grasshopper mine which produces both turquoise and faustite.

The constants throughout Shreve’s life have been his love of adventure, his pursuit of travel, and his belief in the quality of goods. With every piece that Shreve makes, there is a love of quality, a love of creativity, and a devotion to excellence. Shreve now resides in the mountains outside of Santa Fe with his wonderful wife and son, close to nature, and free from hustle.

Are you interested in purchasing Shreve Saville’s work? Please check out Shreve's art page or contact Turquoise Tortoise Gallery for more information.