MAKER UNKNOWN American Indian (Zuni), 20th century
Bracelet, circa 1960
Sheet silver, silver wire and turquoise
Gift of Burt Meyers in memory of his wife, Elizabeth Jean Ann Meyers
This elaborate turquoise cuff is constructed in the classic “petit-point” style. The carefully designed use of small pieces of turquoise originated during the depression era, when the turquoise mines in the southwest shut down. This method of jewelry-making remains a hallmark of Zuni craftsmanship, where the vibrant colors of turquoise represents the merging of earth, sky, water, health and abundance.