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A sensational Hopi tufa-cast silver inlaid cuff

bracelet by Verma “Sonwai” Nequatewa, c. 2011-12

What an absolutely knockout stellar piece! This is Verma “Sonwai” Nequatewa (b.1949) at her very finest. Verma, who began making jewelry over 50 years ago in the 1960’s as a very young apprentice to her renowned Uncle, Charles Loloma, is now universally considered to be one of the great master artists of Southwestern jewelry and here is a perfect display of all the many reasons why this is the case. The bracelet features a very beautifully-textured tufa-cast tapered and contoured silver shank topped with a strikingly-inlaid stylized Hopi “Corn maiden” figure done in a lovely palette of fine, top-quality stones including rare Lone Mountain, Nevada spiderweb turquoise, purple gem sugilite, red Mediterranean coral and three 18K gold spacer bars. There is an almost painterly sense of color, texture, form and composition to this bracelet and the level of craftsmanship overall is simply astonishing.

“Charles taught that beauty is all around us on Hopi; in the environment, in the culture, in ceremony. By combining elements from what is a part of my everyday life, the finest of ideas, with the finest of materials, I can interpret a part of Hopi for people to see and wear.”

-Verma Nequatewa

The bracelet measures 1 1/4” in width at the widest point and it tapers down to 3/4” in width at the terminals. The inner circumference end-to- end is 5 3/8” and the gap between the terminals is 1” for a total interior circumference of 6 3/8”. It weighs a very satisfying, yet completely comfortable, 52 grams or 1 7/8 ounces. The inlaid “corn maiden” panel measures approximately 3/4” in length and is 1/4” in width at the widest point. The bracelet is in like-new original condition and it is properly hand-signed “Sonwai” with Verma’s hummingbird insignia etched on the interior and then signed again “Sonwai” on the other side. This piece was purchased new directly from Verma Nequatewa at Santa Fe Indian Market in August, 2011 or 2012. We were recently able to acquire it from the original owner through a colleague of ours.

“Each piece of jewelry is hand-shaped. As with a child, each one is different and requires individual attention. What begins as flat sheet metal or a piece of sandcast is shaped gradually to its final form, allowing for its individual strengths and development. When a piece is completed, it can then go on its own to create joy and happiness in others.”

-Verma Nequatewa

This bracelet is all you need to make the perfect Southwestern jewelry statement. It is a classic and

contemporary Native American jewelry piece at the very apex and intersections of art, design, fashion, culture, tradition and heritage. A winner all the way around.

Price $8,250

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Important Note:

We are pleased to say that this bracelet will be on display as part of the Heard Museum of Phoenix, Arizona’s

upcoming Verma Nequatewa retrospective exhibition beginning October 5th, 2018 and continuing to March, 2019. 

The bracelet is still available for purchase at any time, but it cannot be delivered until after the exhibition closes.

Verma Nequatewa at the Heard Museum’s “Sonwai” exhibition opening, October 5th, 2018