Zuni 139 – Vintage Sun face bracelet- late 1940’s

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Zuni 139 – Vintage Sun face bracelet- late 1940’s


Vintage 1960’s Zuni Sun Face bracelet. Set in solid sterling silver with hand cut inlay stones. The white is mother of pearl, the black is a fossilized wood called jet, the blue is lone mountain turquoise and the orange is spiny oyster shell.

This bracelet is a great example how artist used to make there jewelry. Heavy silver is used to create each element. This piece was held in a private collection until this year. Notice the stamp ” UITA15″ United Indian Traders Association, this was in the 1930-1950. Traders belonging to this association stamped there pieces , this trader was one of 50 . It has been worn before and shows signs of this. Its part of its history and doesn’t take away from its beauty.

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Zuni Vintage Sun Face bracelet

The Sunface is an ancient symbol in Zuni culture, where it represents the sacred Sun Father. The Zuni have always honored the Sun’s vital role in the cycling of seasons and the success of crops, recognizing that the Sun’s warmth sustains life, enables growth, and brings joy and prosperity to the people.

Sterling silver

Is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper. The sterling silver standard has a minimum millesimal fineness of 925.

SILVER, for example 99.9% pure silver, is relatively soft, so silver is usually alloyed with copper to increase its hardness and strength. Sterling silver is prone to tarnishing, and elements other than copper can be used in alloys to reduce tarnishing, as well as casting porosity and fire scale. Such elements include germanium, zinc, platinum, silicon, and boron. Recent examples of alloys using these metals include argentium, sterlium, sterilite and silvadium.


Oxidized silver (black coloring in the silver ) is a process that many jewelers use to give sterling silver a black patina. It gives the jewelry an antique or tarnished look. The process consists of taking clean sterling silver and using a chemical (liver of sulphur) to treat it to speed up the tarnishing effect.


The United Indian Traders Association (UITA) was established on September 13, 1931 for the expressed purpose of authentication of Indian crafts.1 At the time, the UITA as an important player both in Indian cultural life and in advocating for the sale of authentic Indian arts and crafts. UITA was incorporated as a non-profit in New Mexico, with the support of a number of traders and San Francisco attorney Charles Elkus. Bert Staples (Coolidge, NM) was UITA’s first President, R. C. Master (Zuni, NM) was Vice President, C. N. Cotton (Gallup, NM) served as Treasurer and Tobe Turpen (Gallup, NM) was Secretary. Directors included L. L. Sabin, C. G. Wallace, J. M. Drolet, Ramon Hubbell, Lloyd Ambrose, Bruce Barnard and Mike Kirk.2 All of the founding directors and officers were veteran owners of trading posts in the Southwest. The founding membership of 753 grew to over 125 in about 10 years.

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