Zuni jeweler, Breon Wallace, made this lovely channel inlaid Thunderbird that can be worn as a pin or a pendant. It is inlaid with jet, red coral, mother of pearl, and natural Sleeping Beauty turquoise. "B.Wallace" and "Zuni" are engraved on the back. More about Thunderbirds and channel inlay below.
Size: 1" H x .75" W
Thunderbirdsare intelligent forces of nature with the power of thunder. They are associated with lightening and rain.
Channel inlayjewelry 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).