Iule - Zuni Sterling Silver
About Cecilia Iule
Cecilia Iule is daughter of Horace Iule and Lupe Iule; sister of Wilbur Iule, Robert Iule, Barney Iule, Phillip Iule, and Ruby Lupe Leekity.
The late Horace Iule (1901-1978) was well known for his crosses. Horace worked with his wife Lupe Iule, who was from San Felipe Pueblo. They were married in 1933, and had six children. Horace was taught blacksmithing at the Phoenix Indian School and silversmithing by his father. He later became a teacher of silversmithing at the Zuni Day School. In 1928, Horace created the knifewing figure in silver jewelry and he was perhaps the first master Zuni artisan. He has been described as versatile and skilled¯ and a master of many elements of construction techniques, including casting and wrought-works and lapidary. According to the Extension Service in 1932 "Horace is considered to be the best jewelry maker of his tribe and won first prize on a collection at the recent Inter-Tribal Ceremonial and Fair at Gallup NM."
Reference: American Indian Jewelry II: A-L 1800 Artist Biographies by Gregory and Angie Schaaf.
About Red 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.