John Aguilar and Mary Francis Coriz

John Aguilar and Mary Francis Coriz

     John and Mary Francis are a very sweet couple who met 14 years ago and have been making jewelry together ever since.   They’re both from the Santo Domingo tribe located in New Mexico.  John does most of the silver-smithing and stone cutting, while Mary Francis completes the inlay mosaic work.  The first time they met, John saw some of Mary Francis’ leftover scrapwork in her house, and knew right then and there that they’d be a great inspiration to each other and would make beautiful pieces of art together!

     John first learned jewelry-making when he was about 9 years old from his mother, Terecita.  His father passed away at that time, so he began assisting his mother in her artwork.  He was also inspired by his Aunt and Uncle, Mary and Albert Coriz, who are well-known Heishi bead makers.   He went on to work in plumbing, road construction, and operating heavy machinery while also doing his first love: jewelry-making.

     John is a part of the Tribal Counsel and is a leader in his tribe.  It’s important for him to be available to his people whenever they need him.  He embodies respect for all forms of life, no matter how different, and is highly respected in return.  He wears his hair long and keeps it tied back as a part of his village’s traditions.  He has a strong conviction to keep his tribe’s traditions alive and to represent his culture to others.  Mary Francis describes John as a man who’s “always happy and always smiling!”.

     Mary Francis Coriz comes from a family of well-known artists.  She grew up learning the artwork at a young age from both her mother, Mary Lovato, and her famous grandfather, Leo Coriz.  She spent a lot of time with her grandfather and took his last name Coriz.  Her brothers Anthony Lovato and Issac Coriz are also talented artists.   Mary Francis says that her artistic designs are inspired by her sister, Mary Elizabeth, who has since passed away. 

     Mary Francis went on to college and had a full-time career as a Nurse.  But when her two grandchildren came along, she quit her nursing job to help raise her grandkids while their parents work full-time.  Both she and John enjoy spending as much time with their grandchildren as possible and encourage them with their schoolwork.  Elias, who is 9 years old, and Marianna, who is 7 years old, even get to come with them now and then when they travel to jewelry shows!

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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.