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Does anyone have any idea what kind of piece this is? I know it's Zuni work, but I don't know anything else about it. Do you know any kind of website I can go to, to find out information on this? The piece is marked Sterling Silver on the clasp, cones at the end of the strands, and on the focal piece as well as the earrings. I love it. I found it in a box of jewelry I bought from an estate sale.

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    What a lucky find! I love Zuni pieces myself!

    Looks to me like an inlay of Turquoise, Lapis, Malachite, pink shell or Mother of pearl, white Mother of pearl, jet or black onyx, coral and I’m not sure of the purple stone, possibly a dyed jade. And the tiny silver strands are called liquid silver.

    A lot of this type of jewelry is sold in the Southwest so your best bet would be to find some one or some place out there that could tell you more about it. Sometimes as a way to sign their piece, an artist will stamp their intitials in the area where it is stamped “sterling” or “925″.
    Hope this was of some help. :-)

  2. JulzJewlz
    JulzJewlz says:

    Here is a website and the email address, that I found. They did a free appraisal of a piece that I have, that I didn’t know anything about except that it was a Squash Blossom and it was coming apart. He told me what it was what tribe made it and how much it was worth. I also asked him what it would cost to fix it he gave me that price and what he would pay for it if he bought it from me. Hope this helps.

    “Len Wood’s Indian Territory Gallery”

  3. MoonBell
    MoonBell says:

    It looks very typical-Southwest according to what is made and sold in this area (northern New Mexico). If it is all genuine and keeping with stones typically used (which I think it is)… it would be malachite (see the banding?), pink coral (maybe angelskin), turquoise (very nice), lapis lazuli (dark blue), red coral (can’t see in the pic, but maybe spiny oyster), the purple is probably sugilite, and the black probably onyx.

    What a great set!

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  5. Jewelsjewls
    Jewelsjewls says:

    Thank you all so very much! You’ve given me someplace to start. I’m going to email the gentleman bout this piece. Hopefully I will get a good answer and a great blessing. Again, thank you everyone….much apreciated….

  6. Jewelsjewls
    Jewelsjewls says:

    I emailed the gentleman in regards to this piece and he never responded. I’m still waiting to hear back from him.

  7. JulzJewlz
    JulzJewlz says:

    I emailed him twice. the first time I received an email very quickly. The second time it took awhile…like a couple of weeks.
    I’m sure he will get back to you.

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