You’ll be mesmerized by the detail in this traditional Zuni cluster pin and pendant. Handcrafted by Zuni artist Iva Booqua, the piece features blue turquoise gemstones set in sterling silver in the traditional Zuni style of needlepoint. Requiring superior artistry, finely cut turquoise gems have been arranged in a floral medallion shape. The pin also features a hidden pendant bail so this piece can be worn on small chains or cords
- Pin/pendant handcrafted by Iva Booqua (Zuni)
- Sterling silver
- Blue turquoise
- Pin closure and small pendant bail that can accommodate beads, chains and cords that are less than 1/8”
- Pin/pendant measures 1-3/8” long x 1-3/8” wide
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Iva Booqua is a Zuni jeweler known for her handcrafted cluster work in the traditional needlepoint style. She learned jewelry-making from her husband Ferdinand Pablito.
Turquoise beads have been made in the Southwest for thousands of years. The Anasazi, the ancestors of today’s Pueblo Indian tribes, mined turquoise in Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. Chaco Canyon, a major Anasazi center, was at the center of turquoise trade routes stretching from the Pacific Northwest to Central America. Turquoise was not set in silver until the late 19th century after Navajo and Zuni artisans learned metalsmithing. The blue and green gem quickly became a favorite with Native American silversmiths, and was extremely popular with tourists visiting the Southwest in the early 20th century. Some Native Americans believe the gem was a gift from the spirits and call it the Sky Stone. Today, turquoise is one most iconic images of the Southwest and is still revered among Native American jewelry artists.
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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