Stone(s) have been tested and guaranteed using a professional Presidium Duo refractive, heat, and hardness tester. Item Measurements : The earrings measure 1.18" long by 0.25" wide. Earring Backing Style : Post Backings With Butterfly Backings. Your jeweler can easily convert these to the preferred backing style you desire. These earrings are missing one backing and will need one additional butterfly backing to be added to be worn properly.
For Pierced or Non-Pierced Ears : Pierced. These earrings were made by a talented Zuni artisan, and feature lapis and rose quartz of various shapes, inlaid in an alternating fashion to create a color contrast. The earrings were made in the shape of geometric dangles, and are a lovely example of Zuni jewelry. Some portions of these earrings are ever so slightly tarnished, which is to be expected of an item this age. Both posts are slightly bent but perfectly functional.
One earring is missing its butterfly backing. The price of this item has been reduced to reflect this. This listing is for the item only. This beautiful piece was made by a very talented Native American silversmith. It features handcrafted silversmith work throughout.
Antique Native American jewelry is very rare to find. This is due to these pieces being made for reservation and personal use before the tourist trade became popular. Very few pieces were made and even less survived to today. The concept of Pawn, Old Pawn, and Dead Pawn Native American Jewelry came to be in the 1800s.When a loan wasnt repaid, the item became known as either Old Pawn or Dead Pawn. Zuni jewelry is very distinct from other Native American tribes; it most notably features gorgeous inlay designs, as well as petit point and needle point stone work.
These highly detailed techniques, combined with exceptional metal work, makes the Zuni tribe one of the best-known jewelry making tribes in the world. The Zuni Nation is well known for their stone inlay work, mosaic-like images depicting religious and cultural motifs created from materials that were readily available. Their modern work is well known for its bold stone colors; often turquoise and coral are used. It is rare for their pieces to be signed, as the Zuni People believe artwork belongs to the entire community. Historians believe the link between humans and lapis lazuli stretches back more than 6,500 years.
The gem was treasured by the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, Greece, and Rome. They valued it for its vivid, exquisite color, and prized it as much as they prized other blue gems like sapphire and turquoise. At the end of the middle ages, lapis was ground up and used as the ultramarine pigment found in painting. People in the earliest recorded times believed in the magical powers of quartz; Ancient Roman, Egyptian, and Greek civilizations used quartz crystals as potent talismans.Rose quartz has a soft pink hue with wisps of cloud-like inclusions, and is also called the heart stone. It has been used as a love token as early as 600 BC, and the Romans and Egyptians believed it could prevent aging. Rose quartz can be found all over the world, and was highly valued as a carving and jewelry stone.
The item "Vintage Sterling Silver Native Zuni Inlay Lapis Lazuli Rose Quartz Drop Earrings" is in sale since Friday, April 19, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Earrings".
The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Uruguay.