Large Inlay Earrings of Coral By Sonwai
Hopi artist Verma Nequatewa creates impeccable works of jewelry under the name Sonwai. All of her material is flawless, but these earrings are what we call extra.
These large earrings are inlaid of natural Mediterranean coral with accents of turquoise, lapis and gold in silver. They're absolutely striking on the ears!
The earrings appear in page 184 of the book Loloma: Beauty Is His Name because Sonwai is the niece of Charles Loloma, probably the most influential American Indian jeweler of the 20th century.
Significantly, the earrings are from the private, personal collection of the Loloma book's author, Martha Hopkins Struever. Over her many years as a dealer, collector, and scholar, "Marti" only acquired one pair of coral Sonwai earrings for herself. These earrings are THAT pair!
The earrings measure 1.5" and are for pierced ears. They date circa 1993, and they're signed on the reverse.