Jan Loco Hammered Turtle


Item Number: DR 1385
Tribal Affiliation: Warm Springs Apache
Artist: Jan Loco
Age: Circa 2015
Dimensions: 3 1/8” X 2 3/8”



Jan Loco’s art is always one of a kind and very rare!

This marvelous sterling silver turtle has been formed by hand hammering against an interesting rock. The turtle is signed on the back and labeled a “wisdom turtle”.  This rock hammered sterling silver turtle can be a pin or a pendant.

Jan Loco prefers the unusual look of individual rock formations to enhance and texture of her jewelry. After hand cutting the heavy gauge sterling silver with heavy-duty poultry scissors or something similar into the desired shape, she hammers it with a specially selected rock until she achieves the texture she desires. This is a very labor intensive task, but Jan feels it honors her ancestry to use items of nature rather than power tools.

As an adult Jan became interested in Apache symbolism and legend when she discovered her Apache ancestry.  She is the great granddaughter of Chief Loco, one of the last of the Apache chiefs, who had been imprisoned in Florida in 1886 by the U. S. government.  Her work is inspired by the stories of her ancestors, incorporating designs reflecting Apache legends, as well as plants, animals, and the heavens of the Apache homeland.

Jan Loco no longer is making jewelry.  She moved from New Mexico some years ago and her whereabouts are unknown.

Condition: Excellent – original condition

Provenance: Purchased from a gallery owner in Santa Fe.