Victor Coochwyetwa (Hopi) Sterling Silver Linked Choker Necklace
This stunning sterling silver overlay linked choker necklace by Victor Coochwyetwa showcases this celebrated artist’s extreme talent for executing hypnotic compositions with expert craftsmanship. Three sections are joined by hand crafted hinges allowing this accessory to lay comfortable around the neck.
Victor Coochwyetwa began making Hopi overlay jewelry began in 1940 under the tutelage of Paul Saufkie. Adapting a leather work method that he had learned, Victor began to texturize the background of his designs adding a subtle enhancement to the finished piece.
“Every year when I plant, I pray that the crops will be nourished with rain. When you pray, you should pray for all things, and in return, all things are benefited. Nothing can be accomplished without prayer” says this artist who is just as proud of his multicolored corn drying in the sun on his rooftop as he is as of his beautiful jewelry. Victor retired from Hopi Silversmithing and his beloved farming in 2006. He continued living with his family at Hopi. Victor passed away at the age of 89 on July 3, 2011.