Handcrafted by Native American artists, this cluster ring showcases superior silver and lapidary work with modern details.
The ring features finely cut Sleeping Beauty turquoise gemstones inlaid in sterling silver, forming a lovely floral cluster shape. Sleeping Beauty turquoise is a rare gemstone prized for its premium quality and rich sky-blue color.
Bring tradition into your collection with this finely crafted jewelry piece.
- Ring handcrafted by Native American artists of the Southwest
- Sterling silver
- Sleeping Beauty turquoise
- Petit point
- Ring measures 1-3/8" L x 1-1/4” wide
- Size 8-1/2
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
Handcrafted works of Native American art require special care. For more information about proper care and cleaning, please read our Care Guide.
This Sleeping Beauty turquoise cluster ring was handcrafted in sterling silver by skilled Native American artists. For centuries these artists have fashioned gemstones, stone, and shell into lasting jewelry pieces. Since learning silversmithing in the 19th century, Native American artists have been unmatched in their ability to arrange gemstones in sterling silver. From clusterwork to channel inlay, these artists have pioneered distinctive styles that showcase their lapidary and silversmithing excellence.
Sleeping Beauty turquoise, mined in Globe, Arizona, is one of the most prized and collected types of turquoise in the word, renowned for its stunning color and remarkable quality. The gem was named Sleeping Beauty because the mountain where it is mined resembles a beautiful woman lying down with her arms crossed. Its color evokes the clear blue skies of the Southwest—a robin’s egg blue with little to no matrix, and it is favored by artists and jewelry makers around the world.
Sleeping Beauty is the gem of choice for Zuni jewelers in their iconic cluster designs. Little turquoise is coming out of the mine today, and Sleeping Beauty turquoise has become a very expensive collector’s item. Sleeping Beauty represents the height of natural gemstone beauty, and of all the types of turquoise, it is most associated with fashion, sophistication, and couture jewelry design.
Clusterwork is a jewelry style developed by the Zuni people, and not found anywhere else in the world. Early Zuni jewelry resembled Navajo silverwork, but in the 1920s and 1930s, Zuni artisans developed a signature style that involved setting large groups of hand-cut gemstones into extremely intricate settings. The finely cut gems were often arranged in beautiful patterns that resembled flowers, snowflakes, or wagon wheels.
Though Zuni-style clusterwork is most closely associated with turquoise, jet, and coral, any gemstone may be used.
Petit point and needlepoint are two types of Zuni clusterwork and can be distinguished by the shape and size of the gemstones. Petit point refers to gems cut into round, oval, rectangle, pear, or square shapes, while needlepoint refers to gems that have been cut into a thin sliver or needle shape.
Clusterwork is an extremely time-consuming process, and fewer and fewer artists are taking the time to hand-cut their gemstones. A piece of cluster jewelry is an exquisite work of wearable art that showcases the unmatched lapidary skills of Native artists, and will be an heirloom for generations to come. Today, Zuni, Navajo, and Pueblo artists use petit point and needlepoint styles to create beautiful wearable art that will be an heirloom for generations to come.Read our Native American Jewelry Collector's Guide.
At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, and to provide a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes, and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft.
Every work of handcrafted art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by an artist or buyer. At a time when many commercially made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.