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SOLD Zuni Turquoise Inlay Sunface Pin or Pendant

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1980's
$88.00

Smooth and elegant, finely detailed Zuni disc brooch, hand crafted c.1970's - 1980's. Expertly inlaid with 17 pieces of mother of pearl, 17 onyx and 19 pieces of natural turquoise, this Native American sterling silver brooch has a safety clasp at the back, as well as a loop if you'd like to wear it as a pendant instead. Very well crafted inlay - spectacular little brooch.

Item Details

Size

2.5cm x 2.5cm

Weight

5 Grams

Hallmark

Initials JKLE etched into back, not stamped (as is common with Native American jewellery) but acid tests positive for sterling silver

About this Piece

Sterling Silver

Sterling is an alloy of silver containing at least 92.5% pure silver (925 parts of 1000 thus the 925 stamp), the remainder is made up of a mix of metals (most commonly copper) used to make the metal workable. Pure silver is generally considered too soft to work with, although you can find silver jewellery at 950 or 980, even the occasional 99.9% fine silver, which can be work-hardened to increase durability.