Sterling Silver Tufa Cast Corn Earrings

By Joel Pajarito, Kewa (Santo Domingo)

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Joel Pajarito is an accomplished jeweler from the legendary Mary C. Lovato family of award-winning Kewa (Santo Domingo) Pueblo artists. Mary is his grandmother who passed down the traditional jewelry arts to Joel. His father is respected jeweler Anthony Lovato. Joel's approximate 1" in diameter tufa cast sterling silver post earrings celebrate the sacred and life-giving staple of Corn. The tufa cast jewelry method involves cutting a tufa stone in half, smoothing out both surface sides, carving a sprue hole on top, then carefully carving out a design, where molten sterling silver is poured in.