The long tradition of silversmithing is still done today to create the unique Native American Zuni jewelry that is highly sought after in the Southwest.
(PRWEB) August 18, 2013
A new website is offering Native American Zuni jewelry collectors insight into the history and making of the Zuni jewelry. It has been discovered by archeologists and dated back two millennia and is still just as strong of an industry today. These handcrafted pieces of jewelry include necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings and many of forms of art. Jewelry collectors can find this information at NativeAmericanZuniJewelry.com.
The Native American Zuni jewelry consists of silver and gem stones like turquoise and red coral that is either carved or chipped into works of precious art. The mineral and shape symbolizes an important art.
“It was the Navajo that showed the Zuni’s the art of silversmiths after years of attacks and then peace,” says website spokesperson Ilona Williams. “Some people cannot tell the difference between the Navajo’s and the Zuni’s jewelry, but the difference is that the Zuni’s had their turquoise in sets and the Navajo’s had heavier silver and the casting process is different.”
Zuni beliefs show a dominating Knife Wing as a symbol in much of their jewelry pieces, because the Knife wing was the protector of the Zuni’s. This half man and bird had sharp razor knife wings and was shaped for necklaces and many fetishes that were used in mostly ceremonial events. Although the Zuni’s were not the only tribes in the southwest that used the turquoise and silver for their jewelry, their significance is important.
“The Zuni’s jewelry is very distinctive in the world today and is a great source of income in the tourist industry,” said Williams. “The long tradition of silversmithing is still done today to create the unique Native American Zuni jewelry that is highly sought after in the Southwest. The Zuni jewelry has been used in many rituals of the Zuni tribe. Their ceremonies have also included the Zuni jewelry.”
The Native American Zuni jewelry is full of quality and it is set part from other Native American tribe’s jewelry. For Native American jewelry collectors that are interested in the history and makings of the Zuni jewelry, visit NativeAmericanZuniJewelry.com for more information.