Hopi Jewelry

Authentic Hopi overlay Jewelry is constructed from two layers of sterling silver. A design is traced on a sheet of silver and is then painstakingly cut out with a jeweler's saw by hand. This top design layer is then silver soldered to another sheet, the bottom layer, of silver. Texture is added to the bottom layer in all the open areas of the design using a hammer and a small punch. The piece is then trimmed to it's final shape and size. Next the assembled item is hammered into its final form, contoured, and blackened to enhance the negative areas of the design. The top surface is then buffed to either a matte-like satin finish or to a mirror-like high polish.

Originally from the village of Hotevilla, Veryl Pooyouma is a full Hopi Indian of the Sun and Corn Clan. He is a self-taught artist, Pooyouma first learned the art of silversmith by watching well-known Hopi artists Charles Loloma and Lawrence Saufkie. At 17, he began creating pieces of his own.

Pooyouma now works with both traditional and contemporary Hopi designs, incorporating sterling silver and 14K gold into his one-of-a-kind jewelry. Each of Pooyouma’s custom-made pieces symbolizes the Hopi spirits and ways of life.

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  • Hopi Pendants and Necklaces Hopi Pendants and Necklaces
    Hopi sterling silver overlay pendants and necklaces are made by Veryl Pooyouma. Hopi Jewelry is created by the overlay technique using two pieces of sterling silver. Available at Lema's Kokopelli Gallery