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Love birds? This large spinner pendant by Quentin Quam, Sr. (more about him below) will be a "stop in their tracks" conversation starter! Having a hummingbird kind of day? Wear it with the hummingbird showing. Having a red cardinal kind of day? Wear that side, or change it during the day. What fun!
This sterling silver spinner pendant has a red cardinal on one side made of red coral, gold-lip mother of pearl and jet. The feathers on the cardinal have delicate etchings. There are inlaid turquoise and red coral flowers with a malachite stem, four sets of inlaid turquoise, red coral, and lapis mountains, and delicate stamp-work all around the outer edge. In some Native American tribes, cardinals are holy birds that bring and send messages.
On the other side is an inlaid hummingbird made of abalone, jet, mother of pearl and turquoise. The feathers on the hummingbird are delicately etched. There are inlaid red coral flowers. There are four sets of inlaid red coral, turquoise, and lapis mountains around the hummingbird, with an orange spiny oyster shell and jet inlaid monarch butterfly. It has delicate stamp-work all around the other edge. Hummingbirds are very protective of their families, and in some tribal nations, they are "love medicine".
On one side of the bale is an inlaid quail of turquoise, red coral, jet, and mother of pearl, with a lapis flower on a malachite stem. The other side has an inlaid owl of mother of pearl and jet, with a gold-lip mother of pearl stem.
It is signed "S & E Guardian" on the outer edge of the spinner.
Size: 4" H x 1.5" L x .375" W
Quintin Quam, Sr. is a well-known Zuni inlay jeweler. We love his inlaid bird jewelry! He was born in 1962 in Gallup, New Mexico at home because there were no hospitals in Gallup until the 1970s. He was taught his jewelry and inlay skills by Sammy and Esther Guardian.
This type of Zuni inlay is made by sawing out two pieces of flat silver into the desired shape. The area where the stones are inlaid is sawed out by hand (yes, really!). The two pieces of silver are then soldered together. The stones are then cut and shaped to exactly fit into the areas that have been sawed out to create the design. This type of jewelry making is difficult and involved, which is why we don't see too many jewelers making it anymore.