This one-of-a-kind hummingbird eye symbol ring was handcrafted by award-winning Zuni artist Amy (Quandelacy) Wesley. The sterling silver piece is a remarkable example of channel inlay, one of the signature techniques of Zuni Pueblo. At the center of the ring is an abstract hummingbird eye, for which the Quandelacy family has become well known. In this piece Amy has demonstrated extraordinary craftsmanship and care for detail and elegance.
- Ring handcrafted by Amy Quandelacy (Zuni Pueblo)
- Sterling Silver
- Channel Inlay
- Turquoise and Coral
- Size 10 1/2
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Amy was born in 1953 and began her work in the early 1970s. Along with her former husband Dickie, who learned the craft from his mother, Ellen Quandelacy, she set about producing bolos, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, pendants, rings, and watch bands, variously featuring bears, mountain lions, and the abstract double hummingbird for which she is now famous. The latter, having been passed down to her from Ellen through Dickie, is also created by fellow Quandelacy family members, each in their own way.
The Southwest is known for the beauty and drama of its landscapes, from red rock canyons and rolling deserts, to expansive blue skies and shimmering sunsets. The Native Americans who have lived here for thousands of years have a deep connection to and respect for this natural world, and their reverence for nature deeply influences their art. Some of the most common nature-inspired designs and symbols are water, rain, clouds, corn, mountains and animals. For Native Americans, nature is a gift from the Creator and in their unique, handcrafted works of art they celebrate this incredible gift.
Channel inlay is a distinctive jewelry technique closely associated with Native American people of the Southwest, particularly Zuni jewelers. When creating channel inlay jewelry, artists set precisely cut gemstones into pre-formed silver channels. The technique allows artists to use colorful combinations of gemstones in complex and creative patterns. Channel inlay requires masterful silversmithing and lapidary skills and is utilized by Native American jewelers to create magnificent jewelry pieces recognized for their craftsmanship and beauty as art. 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. Inspiration:Many Native American jewelry artists working today are inspired by the interplay between traditional and contemporary styles. In their work they feel it is important to honor their history, heritage and culture, including the art forms and techniques passed down through generations of Pueblo families. By mixing and matching techniques, materials and themes that are contemporary and traditional, they create inspiring work that has made the modern Native American art world extremely vibrant.