Signed both Zuni and J. Wallace, (the craftsman who made the pendant), this vintage Native American turquoise pendant comes from a reservation in the 1950’s. You can tell that the piece has age by the quality and differentiation of the turquoise teardrops or petit-point that form a flower shape. There is also a traditional twisted silver wire that encircles the inner flower. But this is more than a flower. It is the sun. The Sunface is an important cultural symbol of the Zuni people and represents the Sun Father, one of their three main deities, or, as they are known by the Zuni people,”kachinas”. For the Zuni, the Sun symbolized abundance, continuity, stability, positive energy, hope, happiness and peace. They associated it with the warmth that made life and growth possible and believed that it brought playfulness and joy to children, and good fortune and prosperity to families. So, praying to the Sun was a critical part of Zuni culture.
The pendant, which is 1 ¼ inches across, has been attached to the three strands of natural, stabilized turquoise by handmade fair trade silver by the Karen hill tribes in Thailand. The silver that intersperses throughout the necklace, as well as the twisted silver toggle clasp (easy to use and secure), are also made by the Karen hill tribes. Karen hill tribe Fair Trade silver is nearly 98% pure silver. I mostly choose to use their silver because each piece is like a miniature bit of sculpture, individually crafted and created. I know that artisans in Northern Thailand produce this unique silversmithing in small villages, involving whole families in the process. Their work is fairly paid, and as a result, their beads are much more expensive. But a family is supported and wonderful beads and jewellery are produced in high quality silver.
Two strands of stabilized natural turquoise beads, each at 4 mm, contrast to the third strand of natural, stabilized turquoise nuggets at approximately 11 mm long.
The necklace is 23 inches long with a 1 ¼ inch pendant drop.
The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with it's own silk brocaded pouch bag, made by the Shanghai tailor.
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