Silver and Turquoise Earrings with Silver Drops

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Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Earrings
  • Origin: Zuni Pueblo, SHE-WE-NA
  • Medium: silver, turquoise
  • Size: 1-¼” x ⅝”; For Pierced Ears
  • Item # C4681.12
  • Price: $320

These petite earrings feature small round turquoise cabs set in silver bezels in an arrangement resembling a Christmas tree. Perhaps there was no intention of such, but it is a good description. On second glance, we can also see clouds with rain falling. This would seem more appropriate as water is very precious in the deserts of western part of New Mexico where the nation of Zuni Pueblo is located.

To quote the Pueblo of Zuni website: One way the Zuni people express these cultural traditions is through their art: in painting, pottery, jewelry, and fetish carving, for example. These things have significant meaning, and, to the Zuni, serve to help unite the past with the present. So, on the one hand, Zuni art is a material record of the past.

A single turquoise cabochon is at the top, stacked over a pair of turquoise cabochons, which is stacked on three additional turquoise cabochons. This triangle tops a pair of turquoise gemstones. Three silver attachments with arrow heads at the tips hang from the bottom of each earring. Each turquoise setting is flat on the top even with the edge of the silver bezel.


Condition: very good condition

Provenance: these Silver and Turquoise Earrings with Silver Drops are from the collection of a client

Recommended Reading: Navajo and Pueblo Earrings 1850-1945 by Robert Bauver

TAGS: Southwest Indian JewelryZuni Pueblo

Alternate view of one of the earrings, as worn.

These are fashioned for pierced ears.

Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Earrings
  • Origin: Zuni Pueblo, SHE-WE-NA
  • Medium: silver, turquoise
  • Size: 1-¼” x ⅝”; For Pierced Ears
  • Item # C4681.12
  • Price: $320

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