Charles Loloma

Charles Loloma

Charles Loloma was born January 7, 1921 near Hotevilla on the Third Hopi Mesa. Over the course of his life, Loloma would become the most famous Native American jeweler of all time. Like many Hopis, Loloma was born with a tremendous artistic talent. At a young age he was asked by Fred Kabotie to assist on a collection of murals for New York's Museum of Modern Art. He served in the United States military from 1942-1945 and afterwards attended Alfred University's School for American Craftsmen in New York.

In the 1950s Loloma moved to Phoenix, Arizona and began making jewelry. At that time, Native American jewelers used only traditional materials- silver, turquoise, and occasionally coral. Loloma's jewelry was so unique that he was denied entry to the Gallup Intertribal Art Show three times. He used unusual materials such as gold, wood, sugilite, lapis, fossilized ivory, and even diamonds- with turquoise often being just an accent material. He drew inspiration from a variety of cultures, such as ancient Egyptian culture, and blended it with his own Hopi culture. He pushed the boundaries of Native American art so far, that people were reluctant to call his work "Native American".

By the early 1960s, Loloma was beginning to receive recognition. After winning first prize at the Scottsdale National Indian Art Exhibition seven years in a row, he began to attain international fame. From Paris to Tokyo, people began following and collecting his work. He was even commissioned to make a piece for the queen of Denmark.

Even after becoming globally famous, Loloma remained true to his heritage and always kept a studio in Hotevilla where he was born. Charles Loloma passed away in 1991 but he permanently changed Native American jewelry. He left behind a legacy of completely new, contemporary designs and a variety of unique materials that had never been used in Native American jewelry before him.

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Sizing

Although the best way to test the size and fit of a piece of jewelry is to try it on in the store, we know that is not always an option. In an effort to help you choose the piece that is right for you, we have included measurements of each piece on the website. Here is how our measurements are defined:

Bracelets

Finding the right size bracelet for your wrist has always been a tricky endeavor, since, unlike rings, there isn't a standardized, universal sizing chart for wrist size. One reason for this is that we all have different shaped wrists, some of us have round wrists, while others have more oval. Bracelets, like wrists, also have different shapes.

So, while bracelet sizing will never be an exact science, we've done what we can to ensure the greatest chance of a comfortable fit. The best thing you can do if you don't know your wrist size is to take a soft measuring tape and loosely measure the circumference of your wrist at the point you plan on wearing it. Try not to have the measuring tape dig into your skin, as this will result in a smaller than ideal size. Once you have the circumference of your wrist, compare it to the chart below to find the correct bracelet size. If your wrist measures in-between two sizes, we recommend rounding up to the larger size. (ie: if your wrist measures 6.375"- you should shop for size "Medium" bracelets.)

 Wrist Circumference

Corresponding Bracelet Size

5.5"

XX-Small

5.75"

Extra-Small

6"

Small

6.25"

Small-Medium

6.5"

Medium

6.75" - 7"

Medium-Large

7.25"

Large

7.5"

Extra-Large

7.75"

XX-Large

8"

XXX-Large

 

You may want to drill down further on the bracelet sizing to make sure the cuff is a comfortable fit. You will notice on our website that we generally list four measurements for bracelets:

Keep in mind that certain bracelets can be adjusted slightly to fit your wrist, but those with inlay or stones all the way around will be damaged if bent. In any case, it is always best to check with with us to see if a particular bracelet is adjustable.

Lastly, have no fear! If you order a bracelet that doesn't fit, send it back for one that does! We want this to be a positive experience, you should never wear something that isn't 100% comfortable. More on our return policy here.

Buckles

Sizing belt buckles is pretty straightforward. The height and width are self-explanatory, and the belt width describes the maximum belt width the buckle will fit on.

Concha Belts

We try to include the height and width for the conchas, as well as the buckle (if different), and the width of the belt they are on. The length of the concha belts can be less important, because these belts are often made quite long to accommodate many waist sizes, and then can be shortened to fit the wearer. If you are concerned whether or not a belt will fit you, just ask. We are happy to size most of our concha belts before shipping.