na000208Regular price $96.00 Save $-96.00
What could be sweeter than a hummingbird drinking nectar from a pink mussel shell flower? Zuni jeweler, Eric Lonjose, made this delicate inlaid humming with a sterling silver beak, turquoise head with a jet eye, mother of pearl body, and abalone wings and tail. The pink mussel shell flower has a red coral center. The flower stem is twisted sterling silver wire, and the leaves are lapis with detailed etching. The body and wings also have detailed etching. This pin/pendant is gorgeous!
Size: 1.25" H x 1.25" W
Zuni inlay: First, the sterling silver is cut out in the desired shape. Silver is then soldered on to create the outlines of the parts that will encase stones or shell. The bale or loop for the chain, and/or the pin for a broach are soldered on. If there are other sterling silver parts, they are also soldered on before the stones are set. The stones and/or shell are then cut to fit exactly into the silver boundaries. The stones and/or shell are etched and polished to create the finished piece.