na001088Regular price $68.00 Save $-68.00
This happy sterling silver bee by Zuni jeweler, Angus Ahiyite has a good size bale and can be worn on a chain or beads as shown1.. It is inlaid with mother of pearl, gold lip mother of pearl, jet, and turquoise. It is a wonderful reminder of the importance of bees. The technique to make this adorable bee is called channel inlay and there is more information about it below.
Size: 1.675" H (includes bale) X 1.25' L
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).