Needlepoint Turquoise Necklace
Sterling Silver and Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Needlepoint Necklace By Zuni Artist Bernice Wyaco. This necklace features sterling silver bezel set needlepoint Sleeping Beauty Turquoise stones. This necklace measures 18 inches with adjustable links to make it longer or shorter.
History of Zuni Jewelry
The Zuni Native American Indian Pueblo is located 32 miles southwest of Gallup, New Mexico. They have been known for making Needlepoint (tiny needle shaped stones), Petite point (tiny round, oval or square stones) and Turquoise Inlaid Jewelry since the early 20th century. The Zuni Indians focus on stone cutting. They make simplistic silver pieces to accommodate their intricate stonework. Rings, bracelets, earrings, pendants, pins and necklaces are made with fine and delicate turquoise and other gemstones set in artistic designs. This New Mexico Pueblo Indian tribe is very traditional and religious, which is reflected in their art. The Zuni people have been skilled lapidary artisans since ancient times. These stone lapidary skills, which had developed over the years, were easily applied to the creation of ornamental jewelry. With the incorporation of an expertise in silversmithing, the Zuni have taken the art of stone decorative jewelry to another level with their complex inlay channel designs, fine turquoise petit point as well as hand carved fetish jewelry. They have developed a unique look which can be easily spotted by collectors and jewelry connoisseurs alike.