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Anderson & Berna Koinva

Berna and Anderson Koinva have been involved with jewelry-making since they were children. Berna’s father was Bernard Dawahoya, an instrumental part of the Hopi Craft Guild; Anderson Koinva’s grandfather was Paul Saufkie, who, along with Fred Kabotie, developed the Hopi Silver Overlay style of jewelry.
The early bracelets of Paul Saufkie were domed in shape. With the availability of sheet silver (commercially manufactured), most Hopi silver bracelets became flat rather than domed. The Koinvas continue to hammer and dome their bracelets by hand; a difficult, laborious process. Koinva jewelry is characterized by a style that is bold, clean, and crisp. Anderson’s hallmark is a sun with a snake below it, representing his clans.