Zuni

Zuni

Zuni, inlay stones, coral and shells, needle point, sunface

The Zuni are a small tribe from the south west of the United States. They are direct descendants of the "Anasazi" who, long ago, owned large territories and many riches.

The Zuni were never much involved in conflicts and territorial wars and were little influenced from the outside world. Living mainly in the Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico, they remain autonomous and resistant to the changes taking place around them. They have been able to protect themselves, especially by avoiding problems that do not concern them.

Today, although most of them are farmers, many of them are fine jewellers who make superb Native American jewelry with a unique style.

 

The Zuni are particularly known for:

Turquoise jewelry made with the Needle Point technique. It is a traditional and meticulous process which can be identified thanks to its beautiful compositions of turquoise finely cut in the shape of drops or chopsticks and arranged in the shape of a cactus flower.

At Harpo, we offer a superb collection of turquoise necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings made with this technique.

The Zuni Inlay is a gathering of real stones (most often turquoise, coral, mother-of-pearl and black-jet) carved and assembled by hand to create a geometric pattern. This composition is then polished for a smooth and elegant look.

The Zuni use different techniques of inlay: the “channel inlay”, where the stones are nested in silver compartments, the “plain inlay” in which the stones are nested together without being compartmentalized, and the “cobble inlay”, which shows a thick relief.

These different processes can be found in exceptional Native American jewelry, which we offer at Harpo.

The creation of fetish animals, protecting sculptures:

At the time when the Zuni lived on agriculture and hunting, these amulets were crucial to the hunters, who never failed to take them on their expeditions. The fetishes ensure the benevolence of the soul. Each animal represents its spirit, its own inner strength and protects the wearer.

The various Zuni collections available at Harpo will show you the exceptional dexterity necessary to create these Native American jewels made of turquoise and many other stones, full of magic and history, with a know-how passed down from generation to generation for more than 100 years.

Selection of the month

    • Man Navajo bracelet.
This sterling silver bracelet is hand-stamped and hand-carved in feather shape. 
The feather is symbol of peace and freedom of spirit. 
Wrist size (in inches): 7.6 Width (in mm) : 12mm
This bracelet is made in sterling silver. 
Proudly handmade in USA. 
    • Man One of a Kind piece
Sterling silver Zuni bracelet inlaid with Wild Horse stone. 
The handmade Zuni inlay is made of different stones (most often turquoise, coral, mother-of-pearl, black jet), carved and put together in order to create a thin geometrical pattern. The piece is then polished in order to give a smooth and elegant finish to the jewel. Wrist size (in inches): 7.2Width (in mm): 9mmThis bracelet is made in sterling silver. 
Proudly handmade in USA. 
    • Woman Liquid Silver necklace with turquoise mix, coral mix and sterling silver tubular beads (Heishi) on nylon string, and with a coral nugget on its center. 
Liquid silver is a traditionnal Navajo work. Tubular beads (called heishi) are hand-strung together in order to create one or several strands. This gives a fluid aspect to the jewel, that makes think to silk or water running on the skin, explaining why the Navajos gave this name to this process. 
Setting and clasp in sterling silver. 
Length in inches: 16
Proudly handmade in USA.
    • Woman Fetishes necklace. Animals carved in turquoise on a Heishi shell beads string. Main pendant representing an eagle, incarnation of divine power. 
Necklace length (in inches): 27.5Size of the centrale pendant (H x L in mm) : 42mm x 51mmClasp in sterling silver. 
In a time when the Zuni tribe lived from agriculture and hunting, the hunters couldn't do with these amulets and would never forget to bring them during their expeditions. The fetishes assure benevolence of the soul. Each animal represents its spirit, its own inner force and protects its owner. 
Proudly handmade in USA. 
    • Unisex Navajo necklace in sterling silver. 
    • Man One of a Kind piece
Navajo ring with a Kingman turquoise (Arizona) set in sterling silver.
The setting of this ring is smooth and refined in order to highlight this beautiful turquoise. Size of the stone (HxL in mm) : 14mm x 10mm
This ring is in sterling silver. 
Proudly handmade in USA. If you don't find this ring in your size, please contact us, we may have it in stock.
    • Man One of a Kind piece 
Navajo ring with a Kingman turquoise (Arizona) set in sterling silver. 
This designer ring is representative of Navajo silversmithing: the darker tone on the below part is due to the oxydation of the silver and the setting is adorned by two wire shape pieces that remind a rope and represent the fact Navajos consider the stone needs to be tame as a wild animal. Dimensions of the stone in mm (HxL) : 23mm x 17mm
This ring is made in sterling silver. 
Proudly handmade in USA. 
If you don't find this ring in your size, please contact us, we may have it in stock.
    • Woman Navajo ring. Sleeping Beauty turquoise (Arizona) set in a sterling silver arrow spiral. 
The arrow is symbol of protection. Width : 20mm
This ring is made in Sterling Silver. 
Proudly handmade in USA. If you don't find this ring in your size, please contact us, we may have it in stock.
    • Unisex Zuni fetish. Unique piece.
Bear carved in chrysocolla with his eyes in Sleeping Beauty turquoise.
We can see three arrows on this fetish, that go from its mouth to its heart. These arrows represent the line of life: The animal's breath, allowing it to dominate and master its prey.
The bear symbolizes strength, health and knowledge. 
Dimensions (H x L x l) in mm:
39mm x 52mm x 18mm
In a time when the Zuni tribe lived from agriculture and hunting, the hunters could'nt do without these amulets and would never forget to bring them during their expeditions. The fetishes assure benevolence of the soul.Each animal represents its spirit, its own inner force and protects its owner.
Proudly handmade in USA.
    • Unisex Zuni Fetish. Unique piece.  
Buffalo carved in gorgone with Sleeping Beauty turquoise eyes. 
We can see an arrow on this fetish, that goes from its mouth to its heart. This arrow represents the line of life: The animal's breath, allowing it to dominate and master its prey.
The buffalo symbolizes plentiness, endurance, and fulfill wishes. 
Dimensions (H x L x l) in mm = 26 x 40 x 11
In a time when the Zuni tribe lived from agriculture and hunting, the hunters could'nt do without these amulets and would never forget to bring them during their expeditions. The fetishes assure benevolence of the soul.Each animal represents its spirit, its own inner force and protects its owner.
Proudly handmade in USA.
    • Unisex Zuni fetish. Unique piece. 
    • Unisex Hatband with 10 conchas and 11 butterflies in Sterling Silver attached with copper grips on the back. Belt in genuine brown cow leather. 
    • Unisex 100% silk scarf, limited edition. 
    • Man One of a Kind piece - Navajo handcraft
Inlaid silver and lapis-lazuli cufflinks. 
The handmade inlay is a gathering of genuine stones, carved and put together in order to create a thin geometrical pattern. The piece is then polished in order to give a smooth and elegant finish to the jewel. 
Diameter: 15mm
These cufflinks are made in sterling silver. 
Proudly handmade in USA. 

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