Blue turquoise and sterling silver is an iconic combination in Native American jewelry, and these hoop earrings bring the gem to you in a sophisticated and wearable silhouette.
Handcrafted by skilled Zuni Pueblo artist Malcolm Chavez, these earrings are a beautiful work of channel inlay, a sophisticated jewelry-making technique requiring incredible silver and lapidary skills. With a beautiful silhouette that does not extend behind the ear, they are extremely comfortable and complementary to every face. Take home these timeless blue turquoise hoop earrings that will be treasured for generations to come.Earrings measure 1-1/8” long x 1/4” wide with post and clutch closure. Comes with a certificate of authenticity.
- Earrings handcrafted by Zuni Pueblo artists
- Sterling silver
- Blue Turquoise
- Post and clutch closure
- Earrings measure 1-1/8” long x 1/4” wide
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
Handcrafted works of Native American art require special care. For more information about proper care and cleaning, please read our Care Guide.
About the Artist
These turquoise inlay half hoop earrings were handcrafted in sterling silver by skilled Native American artists. For centuries these artists have fashioned gemstones, stone and shell into lasting jewelry pieces. Since learning silversmithing in the 19th century, Native American artists have been unmatched in their ability to arrange gemstones in sterling silver. From cluster work to channel inlay, these artists have pioneered distinctive styles that showcase their lapidary and silversmithing excellence.
Channel inlay is a distinctive jewelry technique closely associated with Native American people of the Southwest, particularly Zuni jewelers. When creating channel inlay jewelry, artists set precisely cut gemstones into pre-formed silver channels. The technique allows artists to use colorful combinations of gemstones in complex and creative patterns. Channel inlay requires masterful silversmithing and lapidary skills and is utilized by Native American jewelers to create magnificent jewelry pieces recognized for their craftsmanship and beauty as art.Read our Native American Jewelry Collector's Guide.
Our Guarantee of Authenticity
At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.