Authentic Zuni Sterling Silver Coral Cross Pendant
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Dime in above photo shows scale of cross.
fixed bail is 1/4" inside diameter
This hallmark belongs to Zuni artists,
George and Lupeta Leekity.
They are Zuni silversmiths,
lapidarists and goldsmiths. They specialize in cast work with stone settings based
on the designs of Lupetas father, the famous Horace Iule.
of the crosses are made by Lupeta but she and her husband George share the same
stamp. Lupeta's parents are Horace and Lupe Iule and her brother is Phillip Iule.
Lupeta began creating jewelry in 1972 and started
using this hallmark in 1977.
Red Coral (also called Red Branch 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.
jewelry has been found in ancient Egyptian and prehistoric European burials. The
Romans believed coral could protect children from harm, as well as cure bites
from snakes and scorpions and diagnose diseases by changing colour.