Love birds? This gorgeous hummingbird ring will capture the eyes of fellow bird lovers! Zuni jeweler, Quentin Quam, Sr., inlaid red coral, jet, abalone and clam shell to create this hovering hummingbird. The butterfly is inlaid lapis and jet. The flower is lapis and turquoise. The leaves and stems are malachite. He added three lapis mountains to the top and bottom, with delicate stamp-work also to the top and bottom. It is gorgeous!
Size: 7.25 - cannot be resized - 2" H x .875" 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.