ZUNI 137 Vintage 1960’s Zuni Needle Point Cluster Pin


Vintage 1960’s Zuni Needle Point Cluster Pin. Set in solid sterling silver with natural Arizona Morenci turquoise. This piece is quintessential Zuni jewelry. The style of thin small stones in rows is what defined craftsmanship of the Zuni Tribe for decades. Over 90 individual hand cut stones were used to create this design. In fact if take the price of this piece and divide it by the number of stones it comes out to less than $7.00 per stone. This is the value of Zuni jewelry ! The stones have changed colors over the past 50 years which just adds more character to this piece of art, it measures 2″ across.

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Zuni Jewelry

Combining many stones into one piece makes some of the most beautiful and exciting Native American jewelry.   Depending on how the stones are cut, this style of combining stones can be called Cluster-Work, Needle Point, Petit Point and Snake Eyes.  These four styles emerged in the early 1920’s-1940’s  and are primarily made by the Zuni Tribe, although some Navajos will make similar designs. These styles have a feminine quality to them, as the stones are set in small and elegant settings.

These designs are very tedious as each bezel (the silver holding the stone) is individually shaped and solder. Then the stones are cut, glued to matchsticks, then shaped and polished with a series of grinding wheel

*Needle Point

Needle point Jewelry is a very elegant style that emerged in Zuni jewelry in the 1940’s. It is among some of the most labor intensive jewelry to make. Made by both Navajo and Zuni artist, this style is defined as a small slivers of stone that are pointed on both ends.

Morenci turquoise is another American classic, highly regarded and sought after by collectors. Though the Morenci turquoise mine produces a wide range of colors from blue to green, the most desirable is a deep blue color with a heavy iron pyrite matrix and occasionally some spider webbing.

The Morenci turquoise mine is located in Southeastern Arizona. It is the by-product of a large open-pit copper mining operation and dates back to 1864. William “Lucky” Brown was offered the mining rights in the 1950s and the Brown family has worked the mine since. Though no turquoise is actively being produced at the Morenci mine, small amounts do still come to market each year from the stock that was mined previously.




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