Silver cross with high grade natural turquoise by Lewis Lomay (Lomayesva)
Handmade chain with alternating plain and twisted silver links with high grade natural turquoise by Hopi metalsmith Lewis Lomay (Lomayesva)
Lewis Lomay (Lomayseva) (1913-1996) learned to make silver jewelry from Ambrose Roanhorse at the Indian School in Santa Fe around 1930. He had to quit school during the Depression and went to work in Frank Patania’s silver shop in Santa Fe. He smithed there for 13 years, but then worked in construction. He continued to make jewelry, often set with turquoise and coral, which had a modern look but retained some Indian character. He also did some cast work. He entered some of the major exhibitions, and in the 1971 Scottsdale National Indian Arts Exhibition won the First Award in Contemporary Jewelry. Just before his death in August 1996, he was working on pieces for the Santa Fe Indian Market. His daughter and son, Peggy and Irwin, continue his work, as does his grandson James Rawn Lomay.
– Hopi Silver-The History and Hallmarks of Hopi Silversmithing by Margaret Wright (page 21-22)
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