Zuni Channel Inlay Earrings by Sylvester Boone

Zuni Channel Inlay Earrings by Sylvester Boone

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These dangle inlay earrings by Sylvester Boone move delicately when worn.  The posts have inlaid mother of pearl.  The body of the earrings are inlaid with mother of pearl, red coral, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise and jet.  Yes, even those thin black lines are inlaid jet! 

Size: 1.75" H x .5" W

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 channels, 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).