DescriptionA HOPI GOLD AND STONE PENDANT
Verma Nequatewa and Sherian Honhongva
gold, coral, lapis, and turquoise, signed Sonwai and stamped 14K
Height: 1 ¾ inches
"As Loloma is the Hopi masculine word for beauty, Sonwai is the feminine version. And the Loloma tradition continues in the hands of Sonwai (Hopi), the sister duo of Verma Nequatewa and Sherian Honhongva. They were not only trained by their uncle, Charles Loloma, but worked alongside him for twenty and fifteen years, respectively. And they learned their lessons well.
Born and raised at Hopi, Verma and Sherian are actively involved in the community and its religious activities, and their designs often reflect their culture. Inspiration also comes from the world around them - the colors of the sky, designs etched into a sandstone cliff, rugged mesas and towering buttes, a sand dune - just as it did for Loloma.
Still there is an indefinable element that sets their jewelry apart from his. Perhaps it is the arrangement of stones or the softer colors blended into many of their mosaics that adds the touch of femininity that makes each piece uniquely theirs," Jacka, Lois Essary, "Southwest Indian Jewelry," American Indian Art Magazine, vol. 18, no. 4, Autumn 1993, p. 42.
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