We have similar Native or Zuni items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Listing Description by: Dylan L. ZUNI STERLING on the back of the earrings, Tested, and Guaranteed. Country of Origin : United States - Zuni Nation. Gram Weight : 8.4 Grams.
Main Stone Measurements/Color : There are two sizes of turquoise, The largest measures 12.2 mm long by 12.3 mm wide, The smaller measures 9.6 mm long by 9.7 mm wide, Opaque light blue hue with black striations. Stone Treatment: The stone(s) appear to be untreated, but we are not certified gemologists. Stone(s) have been tested and guaranteed using a professional Presidium Duo refractive, heat, and hardness tester. Stone Cuts : Inlaid Fancy Heart Cabochon Turquoise.Item Measurements : The earrings measure 1.60" long by 0.62" wide. Earring Backing Style : Clip-On Backings. Your jeweler can easily convert these to the preferred backing style you desire. For Pierced or Non-Pierced Ears : Both.
These earrings were made by a talented Zuni artisan, Alvina Quam, and feature heart-shaped cabochon cut turquoise stones, which dangle articulated from each other. The bezel settings holding the turquoise stones in place are sawtooth bezels and feature repeating swirling patterns that appear scalloped. The low relief portions of these earrings are fairly tarnished, which is to be expected of an item this age. 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. Turquoise is found all over the world and has been a popular semi-precious stone used in jewelry and art for thousands of years by many different cultures; from prehistoric times to the present. Turquoise comes in many beautiful color variations; from the popular bright solid sky-blue hues to dark blue hues with dark spiderwebbing throughout, as well as aqua, teal, and many green varieties, and even some rare white with dark spiderwebbing. Articulated pieces of jewelry are usually composed of two or more pieces connected by a flexible joint, hinge, or pivot to allow for realistic movement.
This technique is used to lend a lifelike quality to animal figures, or to allow jewelry to drape elegantly, like a snake chain. The item "Vintage Sterling Silver Native Zuni Pawn ALVINA QUAM Turquoise Heart Earrings" is in sale since Saturday, July 6, 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 worldwide.