Handcrafted Authentic Zuni Sterling Silver Turquoise Inlay Earrings by Claresse Klyestewa

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These lovely sterling silver earrings were handcrafted by Zuni artist Claresse Kylestewa. They feature a lovely channel inlay design with genuine turquoise that are set into smooth sterling silver bezels. They are approximately 0.75”L x 0.5”W. Post style earrings. These earrings are stamped and singed by the artist. 

The art of inlay in jewelry was originally started by the people of the Zuni Pueblo of New Mexico, although many other tribes such as the Navajo have started to use this technique in their designs. Inlay designs tend to include many different stones that complement each other. The most common stones found in inlay jewelry are black jet, mother of pearl, turquoise and coral. Channel inlay is where gemstones are precisely cut and set into pre-formed silver channels, that allow the artist to use a range of different stones in their pieces. This technique requires the craftsman to be very skilled within silversmithing and possess complex lapidary skills.

Photography: To ensure the item looks as realistic as possible and the full essence of the item is captured, all pictures are taken in natural light without the use of editing or photoshop.