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Zuni jeweler, Quentin Quam, Sr., created these stunning sterling silver inlaid hummingbirds, monarch butterflies and flower earrings. The hummingbirds are inlaid turquoise, abalone, jet and pink coral. The monarch butterfly is inlaid with orange spiny oyster shell and jet. The flower is inlaid turquoise and lapis. It has three red coral mountains and delicate stamp-work on the top and the bottom. The inlaid section is attached to a shiny dome, which is attached to sterling silver wires. Each earring is signed "Q.Quam Sr" on the back.
Size: 2.75" h x .5" W
Quintin Quam, Sr. is a well-known Zuni inlay jeweler. We love his inlaid bird jewelry! He was born in 1962 in Gallup, New Mexico at home because there were no hospitals in Gallup until the 1970s. He was taught his jewelry and inlay skills by Sammy and Esther Guardian.
This type of Zuni inlay is made by sawing out two pieces of flat silver into the desired shape. The area where the stones are inlaid is sawed out by hand (yes, really!). The two pieces of silver are then soldered together. The stones are then cut and shaped to exactly fit into the areas that have been sawed out to create the design. This type of jewelry making is difficult and involved, which is why we don't see too many jewelers making it anymore.