Ava Marie Coriz "Cool-Ca-Ya" (1948-2011) - Santo Domingo (Kewa) Two Strand Heishi, Turquoise and Spiny Oyster Necklace with Shell Pendant, 30" (J90106-027-019)
- Circa: Contemporary
Shell pendant is 3.25" x 3". Ava Marie Coriz, of the Santo Domingo Antelope Clan, daughter of Lupe Pena, had been inspired to continue the ancestral tradition of hand making jewelry. She specialized in constructing hand strung and hand ground beaded necklaces. When she was 14, she was taught the fundamentals of working with raw nuggets of various types of stones. In 1969, she learned the art of working with silver. She continued to use her knowledge of stones and silver, using quality materials, to make the finest necklaces. At the New Mexico fair, she won the 1995 2nd Place Award, 1996 3rd Place Award, and the 1997 2nd Place Award. Ex Rex Arrowsmith Estate: a long-time Native American trader and art dealer, who owned a shop in Santa Fe, New Mexico ‘Relics of the Old West,’ which opened off the Old Santa Fe Trail in 1950. He also participated as a judge at the Santa Fe Indian Market for many years. He also served as president of SWAIA, Southwestern Association for Indian Arts. The word “heishi” means “shell,” although today it is often used to describe the cut style of beads that are small, flat, disc-shapes.