Santa Domingo Jewelry
This set was made by Santa Domingo Artist,
Santa Domingo artist are known for the heshi shell jewelry, featuring finely cut shells creating circular hand rolled beads. In addition, they are known for their intricate beaded jewelry consisting of carious shells and gemstones combined. In addition, they are highly valued for their inlaid jewelry usually placed on shells and utilizing turquoise.
Navajo Jewelry (Cabs/ CornRow Overlay)
Corn Row Overlay:
Chunky Cab Jewelry
Ancient Native Americans legends depict tales of turquoise to be parts of the sky that fell onto earth. Navajo artists are well known for being the first silversmiths and tribe to do cabochon work. Chunky pieces highlighting a stone with a silver base are the known design. Dating back to 1860 a Navajo artist by the name Atsidi Sani, also known “Old Smith,” was believed to be the first acknowledge silversmith from the Native community.
Cornrow overlay is a three-d version of inlaid jewelry, where multiple gemstones are cut and filed to make a collaboration of small cabochons that are precisely fit together to create a master piece.
Zuni Jewelry Inlay/Peddi Point)
Amy Quandelacey Zuni Inlaid Set
The Zuni tribe is is known for their amazing stonesmiths that cuts stones to fit into a precise geometric pattern or design. Each cabochon is precisely hand filed and placed with the use of silversmith techniques. The Zuni tribe is known to use four traditional colors:
Blue – turquoise Red – Coral Black - Jet or Onyx White - Opal or Mother of Pearl
The Zuni tribes tend to be more intricate than the Navajo when it comes to the artform of inlaid. They pride themselves in that fact that they don't use silver between the inlaid pieces but produce "stone on stone" inlays. This is an extremely difficult and complex artform.
Another brilliant art form the Zuni tribe is known for is the meticulous art of Needlepoint, which consists of narrow stones pointed on both ends. An even more intricate form of this art is called Petit Point, which consists of smaller cut stone shape such as oval, teardrop pieces, which are often placed in clusters to create the overall design. Turquoise and Coral are widely known in these works of art, although other gemstones are sometimes embraced in this art form.
The Hopi tribe is known for their brilliant silversmiths. Their designs go above and beyond, featuring a double welding process of mostly solid silver with a cutout design on top of the flat silver piece. The background is usually oxidized, which is when a slab of silver is treated to create a black finish. Many times, artist go the extra mile to etched the oxidation portion with hash marks to create a dramatic artist affect. Another characteristic of Hopi jewelry is the minimal use of stones.