na001408Regular price $190.00 Save $-190.00
This bracelet comes from a collection of older Native American jewelry. We think it was made in the 1980s or 1990s. The bluejay is inlaid with turquoise, Mother of Pearl, abalone, and coral. The cardinal is inlaid with coral, abalone, and a brown stone. The hummingbird is inlaid with jet, abalone, turquoise, jet, and coral. More about channel inlay below.
Size: 5.125" L with 1.5" opening
Channel inlay jewelry is a process used extensively by Native American jewelers, particularly those in Zuni Pueblo. Many other talented jewelers from other tribes in the Southwest also make channel inlay jewelry. The metal channel, usually silver, is soldered onto the back to create the design. Afterward, the stones are cut to fit into each section. It is an exacting process which shows in the beauty of the work of the finished piece(s).