J1601 Vintage channel inlay turquoise cuff. The 1/2” wide Zuni cuff has seven rectangles of inlaid turquoise. The inside of the sterling silver cuff is 5” with a 1 1/8” gap.
Unsigned: Jewelry of this age was rarely signed
Channel inlay is one of the most intricate techniques of jewelry making. An inlay base design is made and a rim of silver is soldered around the edges. Silver partitions are put in to form “boxes” for the cut stones to fit into. The Zuni Indians are known for their channel inlay jewelry.
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Old Pawn or Vintage Jewelry
For collectors of Native American antique/vintage/old pawn jewelry, the emotional attraction and value of the old pawn is that it was once owned, appreciated, worn, and used by Native American Indians. It is as an intimate relic of a people and a culture that is slowly disappearing into history.