This vintage Zuni barrette is a classic rendition of the Snake Eye technique--stones are shaped into cylinders and then polished on one end and set in the bezel thus giving the impression of circular or oval snake eyes when finished. Accented by sterling rounded sterling silver nubs with a 40mm pin clasp.
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.