Woman and Man Hopi jewel
Sterling Silver Pendant handcrafted by silversmith Anderson Koinva from second Mesa in Arizona.
Length jump ring included 2"
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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.