A stunning bird inlay necklace from Zuni artists Dolly and Albert Banteah. Albert creates the designs for their work and Dolly does the inlay stone work. The Banteahs continue a long line of Zuni artistry and fine craftmanship. Their work is beautiful.
This necklace has four distinct medallions, three of which are birds---cardinal, hummingbird and bluejay. The choices of stones are perfect and are perfectly carved to depict the birds. The middle piece is a heart with inlaid flowers.
This is a vintage piece from the 1990s. It is signed. The coral used in this necklace is the deep red Mediterranean coral that is no longer available, so this is a valuable and rare piece. The coral that is used today is not nearly as deep red and I am told by jewelry makers that in the near future coral will not be available at all.
Stones used are turquoise, coral, shell, jet and other stones. All other parts of the necklace are sterling silver.
Overall measurement from end to end is 22", so when worn it has an 11' drop.
A true collector's piece!