Effie Calavaza, Zuni
About Effie Calavaza
Zuni artist Effie Calavaza is from Zuni, New Mexico. She is famous for her snake designs. She learned silversmithing from her husband Juan Calavaza and began making her own designs in 1956. Her pieces are prized and collected throughout the world.
Indian Snake Symbolism
For some Native American tribes the snake represents abundant rainfall and fertility and is depicted as as lightning or a lightning arrow. Some tribes use the snake as a healing image or for swiftness in battle. The snake does not symbolize anything negative or treacherous. Snakes are rarely used in Navajo jewelry but they are often seen in Zuni jewelry.
We here in Colorado live with snakes - they are part of the landscape and ecosystem. Since our climate is semi-arid, we welcome the abundant rainfall the snake might bring.
Turquoise is associated with the sky,
and bringing sky energy to earth. It is known as a master healer stone as it is
believed to help speed the healing process. It is also thought that turquoise
can help promote honest and clear communication from the heart.
About Red Coral
Coral is the common name given to Corallium Rubrum and several related
species of marine coral. Red coral is a collection of hundreds
of tiny animals living together in a colonies that resemble small leafless bushes
growing on dark, rocky seabottom. The coral skeleton is
composed hard calcium carbonate, colored in shades of red from pale pink to deep
red. It can be semi-translucent to opaque. It is naturally matte, but can be polished
to a glassy shine. Red coral is frequently dyed to enhance color and it can also
be impregnated with resins or epoxies to fill surface fissures and flaws.
Horsekeeping LLC - Definitions of Jewelry Age and Condition
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|A dark or colored film of oxidation that forms naturally on metal exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance.|
|30 years or older.|
|New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.|
|An item that has been used.|
NOTE: Items in our Vintage Shop are either USED or NEW. They might come from inheritances, estate sales, private collections, and store liquidations. Many items are brand new (NOS, New Old Stock) and in perfect condition while others may show tarnish, scratches and other signs of use. Major issues will be described in detail and shown in photos. Vintage Shop items are sold as described and are not returnable.