This beautiful hand-stamped link necklace handcrafted by Santo Domingo artist Joel Pajarito was created using the tufa cast method.
Each piece is created and molded using rough blocks of volcanic ash (called tuff or tufa) to create a mold. Only one object is extracted from each mold, making each piece truly one of a kind.
This bracelet features hand-stamped links with traditional designs, and is a unique piece that will be a treasured addition to any Native American jewelry collection.
- Chainlink Necklace handcrafted by Joel Pajarito (Santo Domingo Pueblo)
- Sterling silver
- Tufa Cast
- Hook and eye closure
- Necklace measures 19-1/2” long x 1/4” wide
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Joel Pajarito is a member of Santo Domingo Pueblo. He is the son of Anthony Lovato, and grandson of Mary Coriz, who is known to have helped revive the traditional shell-inlay work within the pueblo. Anthony is also the great-grandson of Santiago Leo Coriz, who learned the art of tufa casting from a Hopi friend, and brought the art to Santo Domingo and introduced it to family.
Joel blends a mixture of contemporary and traditional styles, using a wide variety of stones. His imagery includes horses, petroglyphs, corn, and butterflies. He also creates holloware.
Many Native American artists working today are inspired by the interplay between traditional and contemporary styles. In their work they feel it is important to honor their history, heritage, and culture, including the art forms and techniques passed down through generations of Pueblo families. By mixing and matching techniques, materials, and themes that are contemporary and traditional, they create inspiring work that has made the modern Native American art world extremely vibrant.
Tufa casting is a generations-old method of jewelry-making developed by Navajo silversmiths. Tufa is a porous volcanic stone found in New Mexico and Arizona that is easy to cut and carve. In the casting process, a design is hand-carved into tufa stone, creating a negative space where molten silver or gold can be poured. After casting, the piece is refined and decorated by hand. Typically, tufa molds last for only one or two castings, making this a fragile process that is practiced by only the most skilled artists. Jewelry created through this process can be identified easily by the distinctive texture left on the metal by the tufa stone during casting.Read our Native American Jewelry Collector's Guide.
At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, and to provide a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes, and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft.
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