Zuni Multi-stone Inlay Earrings

Zuni Multi-stone Inlay Earrings


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Zuni jeweler, Orena Leekya, made these beautiful sterling silver channel inlay earrings with Sleeping Beauty set in the studs.  She inlaid pink mussel shell, mother of pearl, coral, jet and Sleeping Beauty turquoise into a pattern that could be a tortoise shell or fish scales.  Either way, these are super nice earrings!

Size: 1.625" x .375" WZuni jewelers are well know for this type in inlay.  Each stone is cut to exactly fit the into the design the jeweler has imagined.  Even the thin lines are cut and inlaid stone!  The oldest Zuni inlay jewelry used Sleeping Beauty turquoise, natural red coral, jet and mother of pearl.  More contemporary Zuni jewelers will sometimes use other stones.