Effie Calavaza (1928- )

Well known for her distinctive silver snake and turquoise nugget design, Effie Calavaza started working in the mid-1950s. Learning from and working with her husband, Juan Calavaza, Effie has passed her design along to her daughters Georgiana Yatsatti, Gloria Jean Garcia and Susie Calavaza. At first, Effie and her husband signed their work together with JUAN C.—ZUNI . Later, she and her daughters all signed their work with EFFIE C.—ZUNI.
Effie Calavaza (Zuni)
Ring Silver, turquoise
n.d.
1 in. x 1 in. x 1 in.
KMA 89.016.1045
 
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http://www.skystonecreations.com/Southwestern/Pendants/PE38C.htm
http://www.verkamps.com/jewelry/bracelets/images/bz003.jpg
http://www.indiansun.net/EC015.asp
http://www.taostrading.com/eshox_pages/effie.html

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Levy, Gordon. Who’s Who in Zuni Jewelry. Denver, Colo.: Western Arts Publishing Co., 1980, p. 61.
Rezazadeh, Fred. Collectible Silver Jewelry: Identification and Value Guide. Collector Books, 2001, p. 67-70.
Schaaf, Gregory. American Indian Jewelry I: 1200 Artist Biographies. Sante Fe, N.Mex.: CIAC Press, 2003, p. 102.
Wright, Barton. Hallmarks of the Southwest. Atglen, Pa.: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 2000, p. 42.