Julian Lovato – Santo Domingo Pueblo
Julian Lovato was born in 1925 at Santo Domingo Pueblo in New Mexico to a family of traditional bead makers. His father and grandfather worked with turquoise, coral and shell to make necklaces for ceremonial use and as trade goods to sell to other pueblos and tribes in the southwest. Julian got his start as a silver and gold smith working as an apprentice of Italian jeweler Frank Patina who had opened his famous Thunderbird shop in 1948. He worked with Joseph Quintana from Cochiti Pueblo, another famous jeweler who also pioneered modern Native American jewelry. The style developed and influenced by Patina was a clean, elegant and unusual look designed to envelope and raise fine gem grade turquoise and coral to a high and elegant standard. Today, Julian’s jewelry is cherished and collected as one of the founders of modern American Indian art. He ranks with Mark Chee, Charles Loloma, Joseph Quintana, Kenneth Begay and Preston Monongye as historical figures in Native American jewelry.
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