Turquoise and Silver Channel Inlay Zuni Pueblo Ring with Split Shank [SOLD]

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Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Jewelry Rings
  • Origin: Zuni Pueblo
  • Medium: Silver and Turquoise
  • Size: ⅞” x ½”; Ring size 7-1⁄2
  • Item # C4214C
  • SOLD

Zuni Pueblo channel inlay jewelry is a traditional method that has its roots in prehistoric times. Before the arrival of Europeans, the ancestors of the Zuni made jewelry by cutting and shaping turquoise, various gemstones and shell. Artifacts found at Chaco Canyon include intricately cut and shaped gemstone necklaces as well as animal figures crafted out of jet and turquoise. Twentieth century  jewelers carried on the ancient tradition using new tools, materials and designs. Unique items such as this ring are a testament to the skill and creativity of Zuni lapidary artists. The ring dates from the mid- to late-20th century and is unsigned. It is stamped .925, identifying it as sterling silver.

A unique split shank consisting of eight bands connects to a crown made of triangular-shaped turquoise set within silver channels. Great skill was necessary to craft this ring. The artist first had to fashion a crown in a curved manner so as to conform to the shape of the finger. Once the maker had formed the top, it was set on a shank that had been split to form eight bands.


Condition: The Turquoise and Silver Channel Inlay Zuni Pueblo Ring with Split Shank is in excellent condition.  

Provenance:  from a Colorado collection

Recommended Reading:

- White Metal Universe: Jewelry from the Fred Harvey Collection by Cynthia Davies

- Indian Jewelry of the American Southwest by William A. Turnbaugh

Relative Links: Southwest Indian Jewelry, Zuni Pueblo, Rings

Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Jewelry Rings
  • Origin: Zuni Pueblo
  • Medium: Silver and Turquoise
  • Size: ⅞” x ½”; Ring size 7-1⁄2
  • Item # C4214C
  • SOLD

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