Edison Cummings

Edison Cummings

Edison was inspired by Navajo painter Jim Abeita at a very young age. He attended Toyei Boarding School, graduated Holbrook High School in Arizona in 1981 and then moved to Santa Fe to study at the lnstitute of American Indian Arts. Initially, he studied painting, but Cummings began to shift his interests toward three-dimensional art, particularly sculpture, and he also took a few jewelry classes.

Cummings left New Mexico to attend Arizona State University in Tempe to pursue an art education degree. While there, his curriculum required him to take metal stretching courses, which he found to be very intriguing. In the summer of 1990, he acquired hands-on experience by working at the White Hogan in Scottsdale, Arizona. He continued working there for five years, incorporating his artistic ideas into jewelry making and and creating jewelry and flatware. When getting ideas for his work, Cummings notices equally the sharp designs of a well-designed building or the curvilinear lines of a piece of metal on the side of the highway. Both can serve as inspiration for the three-dimensional silver forms he creates.

The very first art competition Edison Cummings entered garnered him a gold award, and the painter and sculptor-turned-silversmith has been bringing home honors ever since. "I've been an artist all my life. My interest in learning to paint began at a very young age. As a child, my mother bought me sketchpads and watercolors to paint, and in the eighth grade, my art class took a trip to visit the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. It was then that I decided I was going to be an artist. I told myself I would be back in four years." 

Four years later, Cummings did return to study two-dimensional art but graduated from IAIA with a three-dimensional art degree. He then began working towards his art education degree at Arizona State University.

In 2014 Edison won 1st Place in Jewelry at the very prestigious Santa Fe Indian Market!!

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.