Woman Zuni jewel
Sterling Silver bracelet inlaid with Jetstone,turquoise,coral and mother of pearl
Wrist Size 6.6"
The opening of this bracelet is not adjustable
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The Zuni tribe in the southwest of the United States,has a rich and colorful culture that includes traditional spiritual beliefs,family customs,music,stories,their way of dressing,and crafts.A trade for which the Zuni are particularly known is silversmithing,jewelery are often shaped with silver and turquoise,but other materials are also used.Zuni jewelry is both attractive and useful as it is a tangible expression of the culture of the tribe.
The colour of Turquoise stone goes from blue,pale blue to green.The most known mines from the United States are the Apache Canyon mine in California and Sleeping beauty mine in Arizona,that's why you can find the "Sleeping Beauty turquoise", very popular,because it has less impurity.For the Navajos the turquoise stone represents hapiness,luck and health.Turquoise is the most used stone in Native American arts and crafts
Jetstone is a hard black brilliant stone.It's an organic gemstone.Very popular in the United States during the 20's, a lot of women wore long beaded necklaces.It's used to beautify Native American jewelry.
Today only the red coral and the Japan coral is still used in jewelry.Coral has organic origins,it's the skeletal remains of a marine animal called coral polyps.Coral is known to be soothing and protective.
Mother of pearl is the common name for iridescent nacre, a blend of minerals that are secreted by oysters and other mollusks and deposited inside their shells, coating and protecting them from parasites and foreign objects.
Nacre, or mother of pearl, is the same substance that is deposited around a tiny particle that becomes lodged in the mollusk--either naturally or inserted by a human. Eventually, this nacre builds around the small object and becomes a pearl.