Apache Hand Hammered Sterling Silver Arrowhead Earrings by Jan Loco [SOLD]


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Jan Loco, Apache Jeweler

Jewelry designed with forged hand-hammered finishes has become an accepted trademark of Warm Springs Apache jeweler Jan Loco.  This sterling silver hand forged Arrowhead earring set is typical of that style.  Inscribed on the verso is J. Loco.

Artist Signature - Jan Loco, Warm Springs Apache JewelerApache Native Jan Loco (b.1949-) began making jewelry in 1988. She developed a unique method of creating jewelry without the use of any power tools.  Using only heavy-duty shears, she cut and fashioned her piece to the desired shape, after which she hammered it with a specially selected rock until she achieved the desired texture.  This is a laborious task, but she felt it honored her ancestry to use items of nature rather than power tools.

Jan Loco became interested in Apache symbolism and legend when, as a young adult, she discovered her Apache ancestry. Her work is inspired by the stories of her ancestors, incorporating designs reflecting the heavens, Apache legends, as well as plants and animals of the Apache homeland.  She did not learn of her Warm Springs Apache heritage from her adoptive parents until she was an adult. It was then that she learned she was the great granddaughter of Chief Loco, one of the last of the Apache chiefs, who had been imprisoned in Florida in 1886 by the U. S. government.

Jan Loco no longer is making jewelry.  She moved from New Mexico some years ago and her whereabouts are unknown.

Condition: excellent condition

Provenance: this Apache Hand Hammered Sterling Silver Arrowhead Earrings by Jan Loco is from the collection of an East Coast museum

Recommended Reading: American Indian Jewelry II: A-L, 1,800 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf

Jan Loco, Apache Jeweler
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