Woman Zuni jewel
Sterling Silver bracelet inlaid with turquoise,onyx,mother of pearl and spiny oyster handcrafted by Mirella Schack
Wrist size 6.2"
Size of the cabochon 0.9"x0.7"
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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.
Onyx is a variety of agate with various colors,but you mostly will find it with its black aspect.It's known to be a calming stone.The Native americans believe it collects negative energy from you while tou wearing it.
The Spiny Oyster shell is used in the Native American jewelry.It's not an oyster but it has some caracteristic like adhere itselfs to rocks.They are found primarly in Baja California in the Cortez Sea.A spiny Oyster is believed to bring you a sense of understanding and patience.
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.