Zuni elder and award-winning jeweler, Effie Calabaza, has been making jewelry for over five decades. Her pieces are highly desirable and are collected by many people who love her work. This pendant has her signature snake on it with Sleeping Beauty turquoise eyes, along with two Kingman turquoise nuggets. The snake's tail forms the bale which will fit a more delicate chain.
Size: 1.75" L x .875 W
Snakes are strong, agile and fast. Sinuous in their movements, they are only seen when they want to be seen. They shed their skins as they grow without sentiment for what they leave behind. When threatened, some snakes have venomous bites. There are snake dance ceremonies in the Pueblos where initiated men dance holding live rattlesnakes.