Santo Domingo Pueblo
Emery Calabaza was born in 1958 into the Santo Domingo Pueblo. He was
inspired on his own to make jewelry. He began hand making his jewelry
in 1973 at the age of 15. Emery is a self taught jeweler. He was also
inspired by his creativity and economic motivation.
Emery specializes in hand cut wafer stone jewelry. He will search for
raw chunks of turquoise or jet (hardened coal). He slices and grinds
down the chunks of stone into small flat round wafers that he can string
into beautiful necklaces, and earrings. Emery’s quality of work
in wafer stone cutting is one of the finest you can find today. He makes
the single, double, and triple strand necklaces. Emery does not sign
his name on his work because it is impossible to carve it anywhere on
Emery is related to the following artists: Lita Lovato (cousin) and
Thomas Calabaza (uncle).