Zuni Thunderbird Earrings

Zuni Thunderbird Earrings


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Zuni jeweler, Fabian Cellicion, made these stunning channel inlay Thunderbird earrings.  The stones are Sleeping Beauty turquoise, jet, mother of pearl, and red coral.  More about Thunderbirds and channel below.

Size: 1" H x .75" W

Thunderbirds are considered to be intelligent forces of nature with the power of thunder.  They are associated with lightening and rain.

Channel inlay jewelry is a process used extensively by Native American jewelers, particularly those in Zuni Pueblo.  Many other talented jewelers from other tribes in the Southwest also make channel inlay jewelry.  The metal channel, usually silver, is soldered onto the back to create the design.  Afterward, the stones are cut to fit into each section.  It is an exacting process which shows in the beauty of the work of the finished piece(s).