Anthony Lovato Santo Domingo Tufa Cast Turquoise Spirit Pin/Pendant

Item No: 11913

$ 725.00

  • This sterling silver pin/pendant handcrafted by Santo Domingo artist Anthony Lovato was created through the traditional tufa casting method.

    Each piece is created using rough blocks of volcanic ash as a mold. Only one object is extracted from each mold, making every piece truly unique.

    The pin/pendant features a horse design and a beautiful piece of natural Kingman turquoise, and is perfect worn alone or with chain or beads.

    • Pin handcrafted by Anthony Lovato (Santo Domingo Pueblo)
    • Sterling silver
    • Kingman turquoise
    • Pin closure and small hidden bail that can accommodate beads, cord, and chains that are less than 3/16”
    • Pin measures 3-1/4” long x 1” wide
    • Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity

    Handcrafted works of Native American art require special care. For more information about proper care and cleaning, please read our Care Guide.

  • Anthony Lovato from Santo Domingo Pueblo is a master of tufa cast jewelry. He learned from his grandfather, Santiago Leo Coriz, who was taught the casting method from a Hopi friend. Anthony's mother, Mary Coriz, helped to revise the traditional Pueblo shell inlay work in Santo Domingo. Lovato also creates decorated holloware and fabricated vessels. A member of the corn clan in his village, he is best known for his corn design jewelry and unique canteens.
  • Kingman turquoise is one of the iconic gemstones of Native American jewelry, and a favorite of jewelry collectors around the world. Located in northwest Arizona, Kingman is one of the largest turquoise mines in North America, and supplies much of the turquoise used in Native American and Southwestern jewelry. The site has been mined by Native Americans for more than a thousand years, and is one of only three prehistoric mining sites that have been found in Arizona.

    Kingman turquoise became famous in the 1950s for its brilliant blue gems with striking black matrix. The mine also produces blue gems with silver matrix, and other shades of blue and green turquoise. More than 95 percent of the turquoise that comes out of the mine must be stabilized. The high-grade gems that don’t require stabilization are extremely valuable, and among the finest types of turquoise in the world.

  • 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.

    Every work of handcrafted art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by an artist or buyer. At a time when many commercially made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.

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