This handcrafted sterling silver and turquoise pendant showcases the fine art of Zuni cluster work. Made in the highly regarded petit point cluster style, The pendant features thirteen rare Sleeping Beauty turquoise gems arranged in a flower pattern, enhanced by beautiful twist rope and bead detailing in sterling silver. This handcrafted pendant is an iconic Native American jewelry design that will bring the beauty of turquoise and Zuni art into your wardrobe.
- Pendant handcrafted by Irene Paylusi
- Sleeping Beauty turquoise
- Petite point cluster
- Pendant measures 1-1/8” long x 3/4” wide
- Pendant bail accommodates chains, beads and cords that are less than 1/8”
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Irene Paylusi is a skilled Zuni Pueblo artist who handcrafts traditional and contemporary jewelry using sterling silver and natural gemstones. She is most known for her petit point and cluster jewelry pieces.
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.
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.Read our Native American Jewelry Collector's Guide.
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