Authentic Zuni Sterling Silver Coral Cross Pendant

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George & Lupeta Leekity - Zuni Sterling Silver
Coral Cross Pendant
HK Item #NPC694

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Native American Zuni Sterling Silver Coral Cross Pendant

Size
3” tall by 2 7/8” wide;
1/4" bail opening
Materials
Sterling silver, Read about silver
6 Coral pieces, Read about stones
Hallmarks
STERLING
G&L LEEKITY
Artist
George and Lupeta Leekity, Zuni

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George & Lupeta Leekity
Zuni Sterling Silver
Coral Cross Pendant

NPC694-A    $110 SOLD

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Native American Zuni Sterling Silver Coral Cross Pendant

Dime in above photo shows scale of cross.

Native American Zuni Sterling Silver Coral Cross Pendant

The fixed bail is 1/4" inside diameter

G&L LEEKITY

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 Lupeta’s father, the famous Horace Iule.

Most 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.

Coral, Red Coral (also called Red Branch Coral)
Red 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.

Coral 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.

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