Vintage Charles Loloma Jewelry

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2015-06-26 10:31:29

Vintage Charles Loloma Jewelry is original jewellery produced by the American artist Charles Loloma.

Brief history and description

Charles Loloma (born 7th January 1921) was an American artist with native-American ancestry, most specifically the Hopi tribe. Following military service in the early to mid-1940s, he attended New York’s Alfred University, and later went on to open a pottery shop with his wife in 1954, located in Arizona.

Despite his skills in pottery, Loloma’s true passion was for jewelry-making, and he began to work in this field after around 1955. His work garnered praise and criticism, the latter due to its incorporation of non-native-American influences, which led to his work being frequently rejected from native-American shows and awards.

However, this did not prevent his work from being otherwise very successful, including commissions to design for royalty. He died on 9th June 1991, at the age of 70.

Guide for collectors

Loloma’s work is engraved with the designer’s name, which will help collectors to identify his items. Vintage Charles Loloma pieces have sold from both mainstream and specialist auction houses, as well as appearing at online auctioneers such as eBay.

Further information on the identification and history of vintage Charles Loloma jewelry is available at the American Masters of Stone website, which also features an extended biography of the designer himself.

Value

A vintage Charles Loloma bracelet dated from the 1980’s sold for $16,000 from Allard Auctions, Inc. on 13th August 2011. In a similar price range, an important 14k Native American bracelet with multiple coral stones sold from John McInnis Auctioneers on 29th May 2004 for $15,500.

At a lower price-point, a pair of 1980’s Hopi earrings by Charles Loloma, with inlaid lapis, coral and turquoise stones, sold for $1,200 from Allard Auctions on 12th November 2011.

Amongst the lowest prices paid for a vintage Charles Loloma piece is $750, for a pair of 14k gold and coral earrings which auctioned from Leslie Hindman Auctioneers on 11th March 2012.

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