Stone(s) have been tested and guaranteed using a professional Presidium Duo refractive, heat, and hardness tester. Stone cuts : Carved and polished cabochon. Length: 0.83" & 0.75". Width : 0.82" & 0.83". Handmade in the 1950s by a talented Zuni silversmith.
900 sterling silver, also known as coin silver, a popular purity of sterling silver during this time period. Beautiful turquoise stones are arranged in the petit point style. Tarnish on the sterling silver give the earrings an antique quality we believe is rather lovely.
This listing is for the item only. This beautiful piece was made by a very talented Native American silversmith.
It features handcrafted silversmith work throughout. Antique Native American jewelry is very rare to find. This is due to these pieces being made for reservation and personal use before the tourist trade became popular.Very few pieces were made and even less survived to today. The Zuni Nation is well known for their stone inlay work, mosaic-like images depicting religious and cultural motifs created from materials that were readily available. Their modern work is well known for its bold stone colors; often turquoise and coral are used. It is rare for their pieces to be signed, as the Zuni People believe artwork belongs to the entire community. The concept of Pawn, Old Pawn, and Dead Pawn Native American Jewelry came to be in the 1800s.
T repaid, the item became known as either "Old Pawn" or Dead Pawn. Petit Point is a style of stone cutting started by the Zuni Native American Tribe, beginning around the 1920s.
It involves cutting small uniform shaped stones (round, oval, square, and pear-shaped) which all face in the same direction. Sometimes the term Needle Point is used to describe pieces made of straight long narrow stones that are pointed at both ends. Zuni silversmiths continue to produce Petit Point in the same tradition; it is a very difficult way to cut a stone and looks beautiful in silver jewelry. Turquoise is found all over the world and has been a popular semi-precious stone used in jewelry and art for thousands of years by many different cultures; from prehistoric times to the present. Turquoise comes in many beautiful color variations; from the popular bright solid sky-blue hues to dark blue hues with dark spiderwebbing throughout, as well as aqua, teal, and many green varieties, and even some rare white with dark spiderwebbing.
The item "Antique Vintage Sterling Silver Native Zuni Petit Point Turquoise Earrings 7.1g" is in sale since Sunday, September 12, 2021. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Earrings". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.