Thomas Banyacya Jr.

Thomas Banyacya Jr.

Thomas Banyacya Jr lives and works in Kykotsmovi Village, Third Mesa in  Hopi, Arizona where he creates his art and jewelry. Thomas Jr has been creating jewelry since his early twenties. One of the most accomplished contemporary Hopi artists, he combines ancient design motifs and modern forms creating sculptural designs that are timeless and classic art that is worn. Thomas' work is owned by collectors worldwide.

Thomas Jr uses the tufa casting method in which designs are first carved in soft  pumice-like  molds from which each piece is individually cast after which it is formed and then finished and polished. Thomas'  method is unashamedly low-tech and is more akin to sculpting than conventional jewelry fabrication. Most of his pieces are cast in one single piece and then formed.

Thomas was born October 8, 1949 in the Winslow Indian Hospital. His parents are Thomas Sr. and Fermina Banyacya. Thomas has 2 older sisters and 2 younger brothers that are now deceased in the early 2000’s. He is the only one that created jewelry in the family. He went to NAU and had a fellowship to USC in science, but jewelry is his life despite his background in science. Thomas was self taught after his experience with creating machinery.

He traveled all over the world including time in Geneva where he was a facilitator for “The Participation of Indigenous People Attending the Earth Summit” which was in Rio de Janeiro. He never showed his jewelry at any place, but wherever he traveled his jewelry would sell. In his spare time, Thomas likes to write about all the politics his father was involved in. He is highly respected, and is considered an Elder in his Village.

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.