na002096Regular price $165.00 Save $-165.00
Zuni jeweler, Cleo Kallestewa, made this elegant inlaid, sterling silver pendant. The stones include gold lip mother of pearl, jet, natural turquoise, Mother of Pearl, and natural red coral. "E.C.K." and "Sterling" are stamped on the back. More about Zuni inlay below.
Size: 2" H x .5" W
This type of Zuni inlay is made by sawing out two pieces of silver into the desired shape. Thin pieces of sterling silver are soldered onto the base to create frames for the stones to be laid in. The stones are then cut, shaped, and placed into the areas that have been framed like a puzzle to create the design. The piece is then sanded and polished. This type of jewelry making is difficult and involved, which is why we do not see too many jewelers making it anymore.