An exquisite example of Zuni craftsmanship, this necklace by Don & Velma Dewa is worthy of a museum. The centerpiece of this necklace is the beautiful hummingbird drop. The hummingbird’s inlay features abalone, mother-of-pearl, jet, and coral. The sterling silver necklace features a beautiful flower and leaf motif. The leaves are done in silver, while the flowers are inlaid with mother-of-pearl, two of which have turquoise centers and two have coral inlaid centers. The beads below the leaves are inlaid with jet, coral and turquoise.
The necklace was purchased from a locale state as part of a set. Although the earrings and the ring are of the same style, they are not by the same artist. The pieces have not been polished and have a nice patina. The necklace was made sometime in the eight-year period from 1974 to 1982.
The necklace is 21” long, with a 2-1/4” drop. The hummingbird measures 1-3/4” by 1-1/8.” The necklace has a stamped hallmark D & V DEWA ZUNI. It test sterling.
The ring measures 13/16” by 13/16.” It is a size 6-3/4 and can easily be sized. The ring does have a hallmark which appears to be “Fal A. Zuni,” I have not been able to attach a name to this hallmark. The earrings are clips, but could easily be converted to for pierced ears, they measure 13/16” by 13/16” and are marked sterling. The ring test sterling.
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