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Isaac Coriz, Kewa (Santo Domingo)
is backordered. We will ship it separately when it becomes available.
Isaac Coriz's traditional thunderbird design is reminiscent of Depression era jewelry. His motif is shown in reversible pendant form on five luscious strands of glowing labradorite, turquoise, jet and sterling silver beads.
Creatively arranged pieces of jet, turquoise, mother-of-pearl and reflective labradorite have been overlaid on a bed of mother-of-pearl to form one side, while the mother-of-pearl side features an incised hand element, perhaps representative of unity and creativity. Each bird has a turquoise bead for an eye.
What's also versatile about this fabulous necklace is that the thunderbird pendant itself is removable from the strands, making it easy to place on another form of suspension if desired.
The overall length of this gorgeous pendant necklace is about 19 1/2". The hand-stamped sterling silver bale fixture with thunderbird pendant measures approximately 4" long and 1 3/4" wide.
Mary C. Lovato, Kewa (Santo Domingo)
Mary Frances Coriz, Kewa (Santo Domingo)
Since bodies of water, such as ponds, streams and lakes cool off as weather conditions change to a colder environment, many fish seek to fatten up in the autumn months. No longer is it their concern to keep cool from the summer's heat, but to hunt prey in waters that may have been too hot before.
Adeptly moving about, prolific and collectible carver Brian Yatsattie's masterful mosaic fish or perhaps a trout, is in hunting mode. It navigates it watery home via drilled eyes. A stunning mosaic of turquoise, shell segments and jet paste are gorgeously overlaid on a bed of abalone. The shimmering abalone side also has inlays of jet paste and shell pieces. The hits of red-orange shell along the top of this approximate 5 5/8" long, 2" tall and 1" wide with curvature, fish are fantastically colorful. This water creature is fabulous viewed from either side.
Ryland & Claudia Gasper
Harmony and balance are seen in this collectible and all handmade sterling silver cuff bracelet by Ryland (d) and Claudia Gasper, who are known for their collaborative Sunface work. The Zuni Sunface symbol represents the elements in balance. Between a gorgeously arranged design and traditional symbolism, this work of wearable art is a must-have.
Exacting and skillful stone-to-stone inlay cradles turquoise, jet, pen shell and mother-of-pearl. Each setting of stone and shell is slightly rounded, creating a wonderful raised surface when touched.
The center Sunface station is about 1 1/4" wide, while the smaller Sunface stations measure about 3/4" wide. This cuff bracelet's entire inner circumference is about 6 1/2" including the opening of about 1". Signed by the artists.
Marvelita Phillips' father was noted carver and jeweler Leonard Halate (d) who started carving in the 1940's. Her brother is Herbert Halate and her son is Brandon Phillips, both wonderful and well-known carvers as well.
Marvelita's double-strand Raven fetish necklace is a visual stunner. The deep richness of the jet and the vividness of the red coral are pleasing to the eye. This work of wearable art is a lovely example of an authentic and traditional Zuni fetish necklace. Beware as there are many fake fetish necklaces out there, so please see more information regarding fake fetish necklaces here.
Impeccably carved, each jet bird oozes a raven's sensibilities and has expressive eyes of inlaid turquoise. The corvid's average 1 1/4" in length and are strung on a double strand of scrumptious natural branch red coral beads. Overall necklace length is about 30".
Stealthy and powerful, a black panther (Mountain-lion, puma or cougar) has been carved from jet by Herbert Halate. Around the age of eleven or twelve, Herbert Halate learned the art of fetish carving by watching his father Leonard Halate (d), an earlier and noted carver from Zuni. Herbert's sisters Reva, Vella, Marvelita and Pansy are also artists.
Incised whiskers, attentive eyes of inlaid turquoise and a triple point offering bundle of marble, jet and turquoise grace this robust 11" long, 2" wide and 3 1/2" great feline. Herbert's polishing work is lustrous. Extra shipping charges may apply.
Around the age of eleven or twelve, Herbert Halate learned the art of fetish carving by watching his father Leonard Halate (d), an earlier and noted carver from Zuni. Herbert's sisters Reva, Vella, Marvelita and Pansy are also artists.
Herbert's outstanding Raven fetish necklace and earrings set is beautifully bold. Each jet bird has enchanted eyes of inlaid turquoise, exuding a lot of personality. Herbert lightly texturized each feathered friend. The center wide-winged raven is about 2 1/4" long and 1 1/2" wide, while the other bird's average 1 1/2" long. The matching hook earrings are about 2 1/2" long and 1 1/4" wide. The overall length of this single strand fetish necklace is about 26". All the red coral beads are brilliant and well-suited for this collectible necklace and earrings set.
Veronica Poblano's artistic family lineage is a colorful one. Her father was Leo Poblano (d), nephew to Teddy Weahkee (d). Leo, who passed away in 1959 while firefighting, was a famous fetish carver and maker of fine inlaid jewelry. His jewelry was noted for early inlay work done at Zuni.
Veronica continues to inspire us with her carvings and jewelry creations. Her all hand-fabricated sterling silver feather earrings with stone to stone inlaid coral, jet and turquoise are elegant and showcase all her natural talents. These gorgeous earrings for pierced ears are about 2 1/2" long and 5/8" wide. Signed by the artist.
Bobby & Corraine Shack
Bernadette Eustace, Cochiti-Zuni
Jesse Johnson was taught traditional jewelry making from his grandmother and parents while growing up at Zuni Pueblo. He's a decorated Marine veteran. Because of all he experienced while serving in Afghanistan, he needed to heal and it was his grandmother who showed him the way. He says being part of the Mudhead spiritual fraternity has helped him create peace in his life and his jewelry creations are an expression of this positive energy.
His spectacular Zuni Sunface earrings are loaded with many round "snake eye" shaped turquoise pieces that are each set with tiny, custom-cut bezels to support them. This is the way he was taught by his family, to honor the Zuni petit point jewelry tradition. Set in the meticulous stone-to-stone method are exacting pieces of turquoise, jet and mother-of-pearl. They form the Zuni Sunface symbol, which represents the elements in balance. These post earrings are heart-stirring and expressive of the wonderful man and jeweler Jesse is. About 3 1/4" long and 1 3/8" wide. Signed by the artist.
Jason Bobelu's fabulous sterling silver cuff bracelet is all hand-fabricated and beautifully inlaid with turquoise and jet. The small to tiny stones fitting perfectly together like puzzle pieces. The cuff bracelet's entire inner circumference is about 6 1/2" with an opening of about 1 1/2". It's almost 1 1/2" wide, bordered by a lovely twisted silver rope accent. Signed by the artist.
Eric Othole, Cochiti-Zuni
This significant sterling silver cobble style inlay cuff bracelet is a masterpiece by Lloyd Tsalabutie, father of the late great carver Jeffery Tsalabutie (d). Carving only occasionally, Lloyd is more well-known as a jeweler. He is one of a few Zuni jewelers doing this gorgeous style of meticulous stone work.
Using all natural stones, Lloyd has formed six Zuni Sunface designs, inlaid stone to stone in various combinations of either turquoise, red coral, sugilite, opal, lapis and jet. The Zuni Sunface symbol represents the elements in balance.
This cuff bracelet is about is 3/4" wide. The entire inner circumference is about 5 1/2" including opening of 1 1/8". Lloyd's signature is to incise a depiction of sacred 'Dowa Yalanne' or Corn Mountain located in Zuni, on the underside of his works, as seen on this magnificent work.
Incomparable and very collectible is this Dragonfly mosaic pendant, all amazingly handmade by award-winning artist and Kewa Pueblo elder Mary C. Lovato. Overlaid on a bed of shell, are many glorious pieces of jet, with vibrant lapis, serpentine and green turquoise. A watery dragonfly is of red coral, spiny oyster shell and turquoise, set with a border of sterling silver. About 2 1/4" long and 2 3/8" wide. Signed by the artist along with her Corn motif.
The silver hammered collar is available and sold separately here. The brown leather cord is not included.
Sandra Quandelacy's reversible corn and maidens pendant necklace showcases colorful and out-of-sight materials like green turquoise, orange spiny oyster shell, lapis, marble, pipestone, fossilized ivory, phosphosiderite and jet all carved and incised into individual corn cobs that average about 1 3/8" long. They are neatly strung with turquoise, red coral, white shell and heishe shell beads on a single strand that's about 25" long.
Taking center stage on this fabulous necklace is a reversible gold lip shell corn maiden on one side, while the other side is a Grandmother, about 3" long and 1" wide. We love how Sandra's handled the traditional clothing Grandmother is wearing, the pleat details are wonderful. Both maidens are incised with lovely Dragonfly friends and star elements, and are inlaid with red coral, turquoise and jet bits. Their facial features are incised and inlaid with jet paste. Don't miss this collectible fetish necklace, it's exceptional.
A hand fabricated sterling silver cuff masterfully inlaid with jet and turquoise. Each stone is hand cut to sit next to its neighbor tight, snug, and smooth to the touch. Amazing craftsmanship by artist Daivd Tzuni. The cuff has an inner circumference of 6 1/2" including a 1 1/4" opening and is about 3/4" at the widest point. Signed by the artist.
April Unkestine's all hand-fabricated sterling silver, Sleeping Beauty turquoise, jet, red coral, and gold lip shell inlaid Sunface pin/pendant combo is bold and utterly gorgeous! The Sunface design represents the elements in balance. This piece measures about 2 5/8" in diameter with a loop bail plus a pin fixture on the reverse. Signed by the artist.