Handcrafted by Zuni artist Burdian Soseeah, these colorful button earrings celebrate a storied history of jewelry-making. The beautifully crafted piece features sterling silver and gemstones of blue turquoise, red coral, mother of pearl and black jet. Created through the traditional Zuni jewelry technique of channel inlay, the design features a sun face symbol and sun rays radiating out from the center. The silhouette also evokes a flower shape, making these earrings a feminine and flattering pair that will complement every face.
- Earrings handcrafted by Burdian Soseeah (Zuni)
- Sterling silver
- Blue turquoise, red coral, white mother of pearl, black jet
- Post and clutch closure
- Earrings measure 5/8” long x 5/8” wide
- 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.
Burdian Soseeah is a highly skilled Zuni artist who specializes in handcrafted sun face inlay jewelry. She uses the sun face design in inlay earrings, watches, pendants, rings and necklaces, and her work is highly regarded for its fine craftsmanship and detail.
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. 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 work directly with artists or partner with trusted wholesalers who can provide documentation that their artists and artisans are of Native American heritage. 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, we stand behind the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have developed lasting relationships with artists, dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.