Hopi Jewelry Directory and Guide of top rated Hopi Silversmiths. These are accomplished Hopi jewelers who work entirely by hand in silver, gold and rare gem turquoise. It was the Hopi, in the late 1930's, who first developed the overlay technique... layer upon layer of silver is used to complete each unique design. Every Hopi silversmith prides himself on both his art and technique. Click on the artists name for Hopi jewelry information about that particular silversmith, prices for his jewelry and the artist's bio.More
Sedona Indian Jewelry was the first to recognize Gerald Lomaventema and introduce his jewelry to the internet. We were struck by Gerald's bold new designs and his innovative use of both traditional Hopi overlay and tufa cast elements. I found his use of both heavy silver and gold refreshing in a world where most people seek to cut corners. Rather than give you less Gerald seeks to give you more.... more top quality turquoise and coral as well as silver and gold. Gerald Lomaventema is an artist. His jewelry designs are based on Hopi life and culture. However, while creating his designs, Gerald does not miss the point.... for jewelry to be successful it must not only be beautiful and innovative it also must be comfortable and wearable.
Watson Honanie was the first Native American silversmith to combine Gold and Silver in the same Jewelry design. He's been doing this for over 30 years. Watson came to the general publics attention in the late 1980's when he was featured in the Lois and Jerry Jacka's book, Beyond Tradition. Phillip Honanie, Watson Honanie's brother, taught Watson the basics of Hopi overlay jewelry in the 1970's. Later, in 1981, Bruce McGee (a Hopi trader and dealer) suggested that Watson add a gold element to his jewelry designs. At first, Watson was reluctant to risk investment in such an unknown idea (this had never before been done). Bruce McGee put Watson's fears to rest and promised to buy everything Watson made this way. The idea was immediately successful and now, almost 35 years later, we see gold and silver combined by Southwest artists everywhere. Watson Honanie was the first to do this and now rarely makes jewelry any other way. Watson's jewelry is always made of heavy gauge silver and gold. Which, while surely adding to the cost... it adds much more to the feeling of quality that you immediately notice the moment you hold one of Watson's pieces.it should also be pointed out that working in heavy gauge silver and gold is considerably more difficult then working in light metal. Especially when executing complex designs like Watson's.
Berna and Anderson Koinva Hopi Jewelry... Hopi Overlay Silver Cuff Bracelets and Silver Belt Buckles. Making Hopi silver jewelry has been part of Berna and Anderson Koinva life since they were children. Berna's father was Bernard Dawahoya, whose professional silver smith career began in the 1950's. Bernard was an instrumental part of Hopi Craft who were very well know for precise and fine quality jewelry. Anderson Koinva's grandfather was Paul Saufkie. It was Paul Saufkie along with Fred Kaboutie who created the Hopi Silver Overlay style of jewelry. The early bracelets of Paul Saufkie were domed in shape. But with the coming of commercially manufactured jewelry supply store sheet silver, most Hopi silver bracelets became flat... no longer domed. Anderson and Berna Koinva are among the few Hopi silversmiths that continue to hand hammer and dome their bracelets. I find a domed bracelet to be an elegant plus... more comfortable to wear too. Koinva bracelets are made as they were in the 1930's and 1940's... a difficult and time consuming process.
Raymond Sequaptewa is a spiritual man... a medicine man who transcends the world as most of us know it. Mr. Sequaptewa's visions are manifested in his art. Raymond Sequaptewa's deep, artful, Hopi jewelry style is reminiscent of old time Hopi greats like Charles Loloma and Preston Monongye who shared their vision of the world rather then conform to the accepted norm of the period. Like Monongye and Loloma, Sequaptewa takes Southwest Jewelry in a direction all his own. The Loloma influence seen in Sequaptewa jewelry is there for good reason. Charles Loloma was Raymond Sequaptewa's mentor, his teacher. It is how Sequaptewa learned to make jewelry. While early Charles Loloma ideas and techniques are in Sequaptewa's "DNA", that is simply the starting point from where Sequaptewa begins our trip into his visions... into his world. Were I pressed to define Sequaptewa's art... it is contemporary, it fills the mind with ancient, heartfelt emotions, it is extraordinary. It is original, captivating, magical and powerful all at the same time. Wearing Raymond Sequaptewa jewelry is a felt experience as much as it is visual.
Lawrence and Griselda Saufkie were important to the growth of Hopi American Indian Overlay jewelry. They traveled the world talking about Hopi and Hopi Jewelry. It was Lawrence's father, Paul Saufkie and Fred Kaboutie, who began this new (new in the 1930's) jewelry style and taught it to Hopi Silversmiths and GI's returning after WWII. Lawrence was a major proponent of Hopi Overlay, an extraordinary silversmith and a mentor to many of today's top silversmiths. Wilmer Saufkie, Lawrence's son, was a talented silversmith in his own right. Hopi jewelry is handmade. The designs are usually made with one continuous cut of a very fine saw blade... that sawed layer of silver is then soldered to the silver sheet below.... which is usually incised.
Duane Maktima Native American Jewelry with Laguna and Hopi Pueblo Heritage. Duane is a Silversmith, Goldsmith and Lapidary... and an accomplished artist. His work is widely collected and published. While Duane Maktima jewelry is clearly his own... I find his choice of colors and free flowing designs Charles Loloma inspired.
Steve LaRance, along with his wife Marian Denipah and daughter, Nizhoni Kwamana, are accomplished silversmiths. Their original designs are perfectly executed (usually using the tufa cast method). The gemstones they select are highest quality... cut and polished by themselves. Nizhoni Denipah is 26. Her interest in jewelry began as a small child watching her mother. She's been making it herself now for about 20 years.
Charles Loloma Southwest Jewelry. Charles Loloma changed the direction of Native American Indian jewelry. His designs are stunning, they have an elegant flare, a natural balance. Loloma's use of color is breathtaking... it is art... it touches the senses. We buy and sell Charles Loloma jewelry (800 462 8536).
Preston Monongye is a key figure in the evolution of Southwest Native American Jewelry. He created art in silver, gold and turquoise. His designs were inspired from his Hopi heritage... yet, he moved them into the abstract much like impressionists and expressionists did with painted art. Preston Monongye had a way with color... he used turquoise, coral, jet and shell, which are traditional Hopi gemstones... but Preston assembled them in new, extremely pleasing patterns. His tufa casting produced deep, free flowing patterns that lent itself perfectly to inlay. Preston Monongye sometimes inlaid his jewelry himself... sometimes it was inlaid in collaboration with Lee Yazzie and sometimes his son Jesse. In my opinion, the inlay on this bracelet was done by Jesse Monongye. Sedona Indian Jewelry buys and sells Preston Monongye Jewelry. Call us if you have Preston jewelry you wish to sell. 800 462 8536
Wilmer Saufkie never produced large amounts of jewelry rather, he preferred to spend his time working on unusual, delicate designs. Wilmer Saufkie was the son of Laurence Saufkie and the grandson of Paul Saufkie, who was the creator of the Hopi, overlay style of jewelry. On June 19, 2011, Lawrence and Wilmer Saufkie died in a car accident. Wilmer studied with his father, Lawrence for many years and sometimes helped Lawrence. Lawrence Saufkie, late in his career, was almost totally blind.
Olin Tsingine Hopi Tufa Cast Jewelry and Sand Cast Silver Turquoise Jewelry. Olin Tsingine specializes in both Tufa Cast and Sand Cast jewelry. I find his designs well balanced and creative. Tsinginie jewelry is often adorned with fine, old, Southwest Turquoise. Steve LaRance and Marion Denipah were instrumental in helping Olin learn his craft. Olin also pays tribute through his work to the beautiful jewelry of fellow Hopi, the legendary Charles Loloma.
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