Handcrafted by Zuni artists, this polished pin draws upon the Zuni legacy of superior silver and lapidary work with modern details. The piece features finely cut Sleeping Beauty blue turquoise gemstones inlaid in sterling silver, forming a beautiful floral cluster shape that evokes the traditional Zuni jewelry style of petit point. The pin features a hidden pendant bail and can be worn on small chains or cords. Sleeping Beauty turquoise is a rare gemstone prized for its premium quality and rich sky blue color, making this pin a valuable collector’s item that will be treasured for generations.
- Pin handcrafted by Zuni Pueblo artists
- Sterling silver
- Sleeping Beauty turquoise
- Pin closure and small hidden bail that can accommodate beads, cord and chains that are less than 3/16”
- Pin measures 1-3/4”long x 1-3/4”wide
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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This turquoise petit point cluster pin 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 cluster work 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 types of turquoise it is most associated with fashion, sophistication and couture jewelry design.
Cluster work is a jewelry style that is unique to 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 cluster work is most closely associated with turquoise, jet and coral, any gemstone may be used. Petit point and needlepoint are two types of Zuni cluster work 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 needle point refers to gems that have been cut into a thin sliver or needle shape. Cluster work is an extremely time consuming process and fewer and fewer artists are taking the time to hand cut their gemstones. A true piece of Zuni cluster jewelry is an exquisite piece of wearable art that showcases the unmatched lapidary skills of Zuni artists and will be an heirloom for generations to come.Read our Native American Jewelry Collector's Guide.
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