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An unusual Hopi silver and turquoise dangle pendant

bracelet by Lewis Lomay, circa 1950’s-60’s

Lewis Lomay (1913-1996), originally from Old Oraibi village on the Hopi Third Mesa, was one of the finest Native American jewelers of the 20th Century. He began his career in the 1930’s as a student of the great Navajo silversmith, Ambrose Roanhorse at The Santa Fe Indian School and then at The Navajo Arts and Crafts Guild. Later, Lomay worked 13 years for Frank Patania’s Thunderbird Shop in Santa Fe. Lomay’s work is creative and highly-versatile, often international and modernist in its approach and appearance.

This is precisely the case with this unique bracelet with its unusual and very inventive pendant drop configuration. The bracelet’s asymmetrical shank has a 5 1/2” interior circumference end-to-end with a

7/8” gap between the terminals for a total interior circumference of 6 3/8”. It weighs a very comfortable 18 grams or 5/8 ounce.

The lovely, teardrop-shaped turquoise stone (possibly Bisbee) in the silver and turquoise drop pendant is beautifully mounted in a serrated silver bezel and the entire drop is suspended on a movable silver hinge. The drop measures 1” in length and is 3/4” wide.

The bracelet is in excellent original condition and it is properly signed “L.L.” on the back of the drop

and signed “L.L.” again on the inside of the shank and is also marked with Lomay’s Hopi snake insignia.

This bracelet is a very striking and highly collectible piece by an extremely accomplished and significant Southwestern Native American jewelry artist.

Price $1,250

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