Larry Golsh

Larry Golsh

A trendsetter in fine, contemporary Native American jewelry, Larry Golsh was raised on the Pala Mission reservation near San Diego, CA. Although his jewelry-making career began in Arizona, Golsh credits the geometric designs on his jewelry to inspiration from patterns he saw on his grandmother’s Pala Mission baskets, as well as the prehistoric rock art he grew up around in Southern California.

Larry Golsh initially studied architecture at Arizona State University, and took up sculpture after being inspired by one of his professors. After winning awards for sculpture at the Arizona State Fair, he became an art major. While at ASU, Golsh worked at Kiva Craft Center in Scottsdale helping Hopi artist Manfred Susunkewa to design and create silkscreens for fabrics. It was there that he met Charles Loloma - a meeting that would in turn launch Golsh’s jewelry career.

Charles Loloma already was a well-known Native American jeweler when he invited Golsh to visit him at his studio in the Hopi village of Hotevilla. Golsh was drawn to Loloma’s early jewelry designs emphasizing metalwork, and he learned the tufa casting technique from Loloma. As he became more and more interested in crafting jewelry, Golsh learned the lost wax process from another local jeweler and began experimenting with using different materials including stone, wood, charcoal, and cuttlefish bone to achieve unique textures in metal. It was this technique and experimentation that made Golsh a top contemporary Native American jeweler in the 1970s and earned him awards at the prestigious Heard Museum Indian Market.

To further elevate his jewelry, Golsh began using gem-quality turquoise, diamonds, and rare stones after studying under French jeweler Pierre Touraine at Gemological Institute of America.

Over the past several decades, Larry Golsh’s fine jewelry and sculpture have continued to win awards and acclaim across the country, even earning him a PBS documentary titled “Larry Golsh - American Indian Artist.” His classic, yet contemporary designs and the high-quality materials he uses in his jewelry make Larry Golsh’s works as collectible as they are beautiful.

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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.