Zuni petit point earrings

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Zuni petit point earrings

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circa 1920s-1930s

1 9/16" long x 1 1/16" wide at widest spot

sterling silver and turquoise

excellent condition

$950.

(j2147)

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The style of Zuni jewelry before the 1920s was very similar to that made by the Navajo. Sometime during the years between 1920-1930, the Zuni began to  use multiple small turquoise stones clustered together to produce beautiful designs. The stones might be round, oval with sharper ends, square, etc. Each stone was individually cut and polished and then mounted in a hand-formed bezel, which in turn was on a backing of silver. When the stones are round and clustered, the work is known as "petit-point".

This style of jewelry is very time consuming and difficult to make. The Zunis quickly became known for it and traders and tourists alike desired it. Zuni petit-point continues to be made today.

This pair of earrings is an early example of Zuni petit-point work. Heavier gauge wire was used in forming the design as were silver "balls" that were soldered onto the backing piece of silver. The quality of the stones and the silver work make this a very desirable pair of earrings to own and enjoy.