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Sterling Silver
Vintage Zuni Inlay Butterfly Set
Bracelet, Pin, Clip Earrings and Ring

HK Item #S455

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Vintage Inlay Butterfly Set - Bracelet, Pin, Clip Earrings and Ring - set

Condition
pre-owned, excellent; stone inlay firmly set with no cracks, chips or missing pieces; medium patina
Size
bracelet 6 1/4" inside circumference (including 7/8" gap) and approximate wrist size; 1 1/2" tall at front and 1/4" at ends;
earrings are 1" x 1 1/8". clip style;
pin is 1 5/8" x 1 1/2"
ring is 1" x 1", size 6 1/4
Weight
59 grams (set)
Materials
mother of pearl, turquoise, jet, Read about stones
sterling silver, Read about silver
Hallmarks
none
Artist
see Paula's comment

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Bracelet 6 1/4" inside circumference (including 7/8" gap) and approximate wrist size.

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Vintage Zuni Inlay Butterfly Set
Bracelet, Pin, Clip Earrings and Ring

S455 - $895 plus s/h
(ONLY ONE SET AVAILABLE)

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Paula says - "This beautiful Zuni butterfly set was likely made in the 1950s-1960s due to the style of the inlay, natural turquoise, and clip style earrings.

"Even though there is no hallmark we are confident that this set is Zuni made. There is some confusion as to who made the set however. Zuni artist Juralita Lamy is said to be the artist in 'Figural Designs in Zuni Jewelry' by Toshio Sei pages 38 to 41. However, a good friend of mine, Paulette Quam wrote this to me when she saw the set:

"Paula - This is my late grandpas work. I showed it to his son (my uncle) and he said that is their work. My Grandpa and Grandmas names were Howard and Katherine Leekela."

Vintage Inlay Butterfly Set - Bracelet, Pin, Clip Earrings and Ring - pin in hand

Pin in hand shows size.

Vintage Inlay Butterfly Set - Bracelet, Pin, Clip Earrings and Ring  - pin front and back

Vintage Inlay Butterfly Set - Bracelet, Pin, Clip Earrings and Ring - clip earrings

Clip earrings.

Vintage Inlay Butterfly Set - Bracelet, Pin, Clip Earrings and Ring - ring size 6 1/4

Ring size 6 1/4.

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Butterfly Symbolism

Butterfly represents transformation, the ability to go through changes in life with grace and lightness, like the plain caterpillar changing into a colorful butterfly. Butterfly's bright colors symbolize liveliness and playfulness. Butterfly helps us look at heavy and tense situations with a new, lighter perspective.

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.
Horsekeeping LLC - Definitions of Jewelry Age and Condition
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Patina
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.
Vintage
30 years or older.
NOS
New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.
Pre-owned
An item that has been used.

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Native American Jewelry blog tips and informationWe are in the vintage Native American jewelry rescue business and are passionate about finding new homes for used and vintage jewelry and artifacts. That's why we purchase Native American pieces from estates, inheritances, collection downsizing and New Old Stock (NOS) inventory from closed stores.

Often people contact us after taking a box of Native American jewelry to their local pawn shop and find that a pawn shop is mainly interested in melt value of the metals and not in preserving the beautiful historic pieces. To hear that people have considered selling these treasures for melt value makes us truly sad.

Melt value is usually far below what we would offer for the jewelry. Yet we can't pay retail price for items because of the time and cost involved in finding new homes for them. We have to research, often repair and restore the jewelry, photograph and list each item on our website, and sometimes hold pieces in inventory for years until the right buyer comes along.

We hope you'll find something special in our vintage shop that will complete yet another circle of our jewelry re-homing mission.

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