na00874Regular price $139.00 Save $-139.00
This elegantly striking Navajo channel inlay pendant is set with black onyx and shimmering blue opal. Even the thin lines of black are cut and inlaid onyx! Signed FT on the back with a tipi between the letters. The bail is large enough for a thicker chain or 4mm beads. More about channel inlay below.
Size: 1.675" L x .375" W
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).