Published on June 19, 2014 by Carol
Jimmy Calabaza goes by his Native American name of Ca’Win.
He is from Santo Domingo & Kewa Pueblos and all of his jewelry is totally handmade, including the cutting and shaping of his raw stones – a step many other jewelers forgo.
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He first began jewelry work in 1974, making traditional nugget necklaces that he would trade for blankets and other goods on the Navajo reservation. “It was like a hobby at first,” he explains. Several years later he decided to focus on it as a career and has not looked back since. He has mastered lapidary work, bead and heishi production, and silver and goldsmithing along the way. He is considered the Best at making heishi beads. He was recently awarded 1st place for his lapidary work by IACA.
His work can be found in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in DC and in New York, the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, amount other venues.