About Colin

About Colin

Colin Coonsis Artist Santa Fe

A third generation Native American jeweler, I began creating original works alongside my mother as a child in Zuni, New Mexico. By the age of 18, my work had received multiple awards and recognition from The Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art. After 4 years in the US Navy during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, I returned home with a renewed appreciation for my heritage and a determination to carry on the legacy of my mother and jeweler grandfather, Jacob Haloo. I currently create artistic interpretational jewelry by reconstructing traditional stones and therefore magnifying their inherent beauty.


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  1. Colin, we met years ago at Cahokia Mounds near St. Louis. You were at a low point, despairing that you could ever make a living expressing your spirituality through your art. I encouraged you to keep expressing your inner beauty through your art, doing what you needed to do economically until you broke the artistic ceiling. I met a mutual customer yesterday, who told me you broke that ceiling. I have tears of joy that you did! And more so that i might be working in Santa Fe, so that i might give you the hug of celebration that you so richly deserve for your long, hard road!

  2. Hi Colin, I thoroughly enjoyed the article in the recent issue of First American Art Magazine. I indexed it for your online artist file at the Heard Museum. I never tire of looking at that magnificent necklace in the Eiteljorg collection that Helen donated. You are a stellar jeweler! Mario

  3. Colin – I purchased a cuff bracelet made by you that’s on its way to me. The second I saw it, I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. I love Zuni fetishes too but the bracelet is beyond a work of art. You have channeled your gifted ancestry into the most breathtaking pieces of wearable art. Thank you for doing what you do. You are inspirational.

  4. Colin, stumbled upon your collection at Heard today and its depth, detail, and beauty stunned me. Bought one of your rings and can’t stop looking at it. Then went back and bought another for a dear friend. These are works of art. Thank you. What a joy to have found these treasures.

  5. When I first saw your work in a Santa Fe store I was mesmerized…Then I started a search for a pendant, it took me a while but my husband got me one with turquoise…so amazing, It makes me feel special when I’m wearing it…
    Thank you so much for sharing your art and passion.

  6. I saw your pieces at Garland’s Native American Jewelry outside Sedona, AZ and was immediately and deeply blown away. Thank you so much for following your talent and bringing it into our world, I will be collecting your jewelry and following your journey!

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