Larry Loretto

Fairly young to have such a solid reputation, Larry Loretto is only 40.  His bracelets are popular among those who wish to wear a substantial bracelet. Larry’s design is called either channel inlay or just plain (no channeling) inlay. Some designs are ‘shadow box’.  Basically his design is a band of stones running the length of the bracelet face with a lot of silver showing along the top face as well. Learn more…

Larry Loretto learned by both watching and also some guidance from his brother-in-law, Johnny Coonsis.  In fact there is some resemblance in Larry’s earlier designs with those of his mentor. Larry’s earlier designs were also similar, but easily distinguishable from, to those of Troy Natachu. Over the past fifteen years, Larry has been quite productive as the demand for his designs has grown. 

When silver prices soared a few years ago, there was a lull.  But now, even with silver prices still high, customers like both his evolving designs and the heft associated with each piece. Larry has introduced several ‘shadow box’ designs, some variation to the running stone line.  This includes pieces such as a zigzag pattern and some multi-rowed designs, with the stones in closely spaced channels.  In comparison, the older multi-row designs of deceased Zuni jeweler, Robin Banteah, come to mind.  Yet Larry’s designs are much more bold and strong. One other design is a ‘double’ bracelet – two single narrow channel inlay bands which meet at the tips, thus having a space between the bands.  This has become very popular. Stones used by Larry are of the highest quality, be it turquoise or coral.

Larry lives in Zuni and is currently trying to interest his 20 year old son, Shane, to work with him. Back to top…