This vintage Zuni silver and turquoise cuff is a stunning example of Petit Point, a technique using polished stones that are pointed at one end in a teardrop shape. Each stone is supported in its own bezel within the large oval pattern.
Though Native American Tribes had been working with metal for generations, modern silver working techniques were only introduced in the 19th century by artists from Mexico. In the 1870’s, the Navajo shared these techniques with the Zuni, who are thought to be the first to insert turquoise stone into silver settings. Across Native America, jewelry makers developed tribal styles, traditions, and expertise.
Please note that due to their delicate nature all of our vintage items are final sale.