Zuni Thunderbird Earrings

Zuni Thunderbird Earrings

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Zuni Pueblo jeweler, Fabian Cellicion, made these stunning sterling silver thunderbird earrings with Sleeping Beauty turquoise, natural red coral, mother of pearl and jet. 

1.125" H x .5" W

2.6 oz

Thunderbirds are considered to be powerful intelligent forces of nature by many Indigenous people and have with the power of thunder.  They are sometimes associated with lightening.

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 channels, 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).