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

    • Woman One of a Kind piece
Sterling silver Zuni bracelet inlaid with spiny oyster (purple spondylus). 
This bracelet is representative of the channel inlay handcraft, meaning the artist creates soldered silver compartments within the backing, filled with perfectly sized and carved pieces of stones that are 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: 6Width: 11mm
This bracelet is in sterling silver. 
Proudly handmade in USA. 
 
    • Woman Zuni bracelet with a beautiful Sunface inlaid of Sleeping Beauty turquoise (Arizona), black-jet, coral and mother-of-pearl. 
Sunface is the sacred Sun Father. Symbol of life, it is omnipresent in Zuni's handcrafts. 
The handmade Zuni inlay is a gathering of different stones (most often turquoise, coral, mother-of-pearl, back 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): 6.5Width (in mm): 39mm
This bracelet is in sterling silver. 
Proudly handmade in USA. 
    • Man Navajo bracelet in sterling silver. 
    • Unisex One of a Kind piece
This beautiful and thick Navajo ring in sterling silver is carved of a diamond shape surrounded by rays of oxydized silver. These elements are framed by two stamped arrows pointing at it. 
The arrow is a famous Native design, representing protection. 
Width (in mm): 13mm
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 in sterling silver with a beautiful Indian Mountain turquoise (Nevada).
The setting of the stone is hand-carved little ridges around the turquoise, enhancing the beauty of this stone. Dimensions of the stone (HxL in mm) : 30mm x 14mm
This ring is in sterling silver. 
Proudly handmade in USA.If you don't find this ring in your size, feel free to contact us, we may have it in stock.
    • Woman Navajo sterling silver ring hand-carved of a Thunder Bird. 
Thunder Bird is a South West classic symbol for the Natives. It is represented as an impressive condor able to create thunder by beating its wings and lightning by blinking its eyes. 
Width (in mm): 23mm
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.
 
 
    • Unisex Navajo bolo tie.
Onyx set on sterling silver.
Metal slide clip at the back. 
Black braided vinyl with sterling silver tips. Central piece size (H x l) in inches: 1,2 x 1 Proudly handmade in USA. 
    • Unisex Navajo bolo tie. 
    • Unisex One of a Kind piece.
Bolo tie Navajo - Sunface Kachina. 
The Kachina Sunface represents the sacred Sun Father, symbol of life and warmth, shelter for the old and playfulness for the young. 
The Kachinas carry the prayers of the humans to the divinities. They are supernatural beings who have a link with the gods. During some ceremonies they appear to the Natives by dancing and singing, and have an appearance mixing animals and abstract figures. 
This exceptionnal piece is finely handcrafted, full of details, and set of a Candelaria turquoise (Nevada). 
Metal slide clip at the back. 
Genuine black braided leather with sterling silver tips. 
Height of the central piece (in inches): 3
Proudly handmade in USA. 
    • Unisex One of a Kind piece. 
Navajo belt buckle with a beautiful Kingman turquoise (Arizona) set in sterling silver and stamped of numerous Native patterns, giving relief and structure to this beautiful designer piece. 
We can see that the number 4 features on this belt buckle in several ways: four palm shapes enhanced with four spheres are carved on the four edges of this buckle and the turquoise is surrounded by a cross with four short and rounded branches. The number four is very important in Native culture as it is linked to many symbols: the 4 winds, the 4 directions, the 4 stages of life. 
This belt buckle is representative of Navajo silversmithing: a silver wire circles the turquoise, reminding the stone must be tamed as a wild animal. 
This belt buckle is suitable for a leather width of 1.4 Size of the buckle (HxL in inches) : 2.8 x 3.3
Belt buckle back in iron. Proudly handmade in USA. THE LEATHER BELT IS SOLD SEPARATELY.
For Leather Belts: please go to category Belts
 
    • Unisex One of a Kind piece. 
Sterling silver rectangular Hopi belt buckle representing the Man in a Maze pattern, symbol of the paths through life. Around it, you can see patterns depicting natural elements such as rain and clouds. 
That circle with a man and a labyrinth represent life, with good and dark paths, birth and death. The journey of life is a journey through a maze, begining at birth and continuing through childhood, adulthood and finally ending in old age.
This belt buckle is made with the Overlay technique. This process includes a background soldered to another like-sized piece with a cutout design. The silver background is then oxidized and scratched to bring out contrast between the two pieces.
Suitable for a leather width of 1.4Size (HxL in inches) : 2'' x 2.9
This belt buckle is in sterling silver. 
Belt buckle back in iron. 
Proudly handmade in USA. 
THE LEATHER BELT IS SOLD SEPARATLY.For Leather Belts : please go to category Belts
    • Unisex One of a Kind piece
Sterling silver Navajo belt buckle made up of 4 elements, each one being hand-stamped of Native patterns.
This beautiful type of belt buckle is called Ranger Buckle and is a timeless US Western fashion accessory. 
This belt buckle is handcrafted with the Tufa Cast process: 
The artist takes a mold made of volcanic stone (tufa) and divises it in two parts. In the first part, he carves a design of his choice, melts silver in, and tightly covers it with the second part of the mold. Once the silver is hard, the mold eventually breaks, making this piece a unique item. This technique creates a jewel of traditionnal rough aspect on which we can clearly see the beautiful lumps of tufa stone. 
This belt buckle is polished, to have a smooth and refined finish. 
Suitable for a leather width of 18mm.
Width of the buckle (in inches) : 1.7
This belt buckle is in sterling silver. 
Proudly handmade in USA. 
THE LEATHER BELT IS SOLD SEPARATELY - Please contact us for more information.
 
    • Woman Navajo earrings.
Kingman turquoises (Arizona) carved in rhombus shape and set in sterling silver.
 
These earrings reflect the traditionnal work of the Navajos: the turquoises are surrounded by a twist wire, reminding the need to tame the stone as we tame a wild animal. Dimensions (H x l): 50mm x 15mm
These earrings are made in sterling silver. 
Proudly handmade in USA. 
    • Woman Navajo earrings
Large hoops made of spondylus beads, as well as smooth beads and carved beads in mat sterling silver. Diameter: 55mmThese earrings are made in sterling silver. 
Proudly handmade in USA. 
    • Woman Navajo earrings
Little hoops made in Sleeping Beauty turquoise (Arizona) inlay. Dimensions (H x l): 18mm x 6mm
These earrings are made in sterling silver. 
Proudly handmade in USA. 

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