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Bisbee Mine Turquoise Channel Inlay Ring

Zuni

About The Bisbee Mine Turquoise Channel Inlay Ring

Sterling silver sheet and wire made from ingot were used to fabricate the ring.  Natural Bisbee mine high grade "Lavender Pit" turquoise was hand cut and polished to fit 7 channel inlay areas in the ring's face.  

Unlike more contemporary examples, the stones were cut and polished flush to the surface, level with the surrounding silver prior to being set.  This takes considerably more planning and precise fitting.  The end result is visually more pleasing due to the different treatment applied to each material.

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Description

Sterling silver sheet and wire made from ingot were used to fabricate the ring.  Natural Bisbee mine high grade "Lavender Pit" turquoise was hand cut and polished to fit 7 channel inlay areas in the ring's face.  

Unlike more contemporary examples, the stones were cut and polished flush to the surface, level with the surrounding silver prior to being set.  This takes considerably more planning and precise fitting.  The end result is visually more pleasing due to the different treatment applied to each material.

About the Artist

The best book to explain the steps in creating Zuni cluster jewelry is Oscar Branson's Indian Jewelry Making. Volume II. Look at page 48 illustrating each step to create a cluster bracelet.

Medium Sterling silver and natural Bisbee turquoise
Troy ounces .23 troy ounces
Size Ring size is 7 1/2. Oval face of ring is 1 1/2" X 3/8". Triple split shank tapers from 7/16" width to 1/8" half round at back.
Date of creation 1950's
Condition Excellent
Provenance CP 3091
Gram weight 7.1 grams
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