Zuni handmade sterling silver, turquoise, jet & coral ring
Zuni handmade sterling silver, turquoise, jet & coral ring
Zuni handmade sterling silver, turquoise, jet & coral ring
Zuni handmade sterling silver, turquoise, jet & coral ring
Zuni handmade sterling silver, turquoise, jet & coral ring
Zuni handmade sterling silver, turquoise, jet & coral ring
Zuni handmade sterling silver, turquoise, jet & coral ring
Zuni handmade sterling silver, turquoise, jet & coral ring
Zuni handmade sterling silver, turquoise, jet & coral ring
Zuni handmade sterling silver, turquoise, jet & coral ring

Zuni handmade sterling silver, turquoise, jet & coral ring

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Sterling silver ring inlaid with turquoise, coral and jet in a round design. Measures approximately 3/8" in diameter and is surrounded by twist wire. Zuni made by Leander Cachini.\nThe Kingman Turquoise Mine is one of the oldest and highest producing Turquoise Mines in America. It was originally discovered by Native American Indians well over 1000 years ago. Kingman Turquoise is known for its beautiful sky blue color and produces many variations of blue Turquoise. The Kingman Turquoise mine also produces green Turquoise from the Turquoise Mountain side of the mine. Kingman Turquoise has been the biggest supplier of Turquoise to the Southwestern Turquoise Jewelry industry for nearly as long as the American Turquoise Jewelry industry has existed. In fact, the Kingman Turquoise mine was once part of a Turquoise boom around 1000 AD when the Mayan culture was using a lot of Turquoise for self adornments and ceremonial items. Today, as in the old times, blue Turquoise from Kingman, Arizona is king, even though the mine produces all colors of Turquoise and green Turquoise is almost becoming blue Turquoise equal in popularity these days. \nNative Americans believe that the earth is alive and that all things, no matter how small or apparently inanimate, are precious. To the Native Americans, turquoise is life. There are stones medicine men keep in their sacred bundles because they possess powers of healing. Stones and crystals have unique attributes that support and heal us. Turquoise, especially, is known for its positive healing energy, an aid in mental functions, communications and expression and as a protector. If you’re wearing a turquoise ring and you look down and see a crack in your stone, the Native Americans would say “the stone took it”, meaning the stone took the blow that you would have received.\nRed coral has long been a revered material among Native American jewelry makers in the Southwest.   Coral is made from the skeletal remains of minute sea creatures called Coral Polyps. The colonies form reefs and atolls as they grow deep under the sea. Coral jewelry is sought after by collectors due to its beautiful coloring and organic origin.\nBecause if its rock-like hardness and vibrant color, many people consider coral to be a gem stone. Coral was first introduced to Southwestern tribes such as the Navajo, Zuni and Hopi by Spanish and European traders, who had a steady supply of coral mined from Mediterranean coastlines.  The coral came in many shades, from deep red to orange and even white. Red was the most common color used in coral jewelry and was referred to as "red gold."  It is actually one of the only materials used in jewelry that was once part of a living organism. The most popular varieties of coral jewelry feature red coral, which is more desirable and only found in certain parts of the world. The water temperatures and climate all play a role in how the color and durability of coral is developed. \nSouthwest tribes ascribed spiritual and mythical significance to coral jewelry and believed the held healing powers. Wearing red coral jewelry would create luck, increase fertility, cure illness increase the wearer's lifespan.  Wearing red coral jewelry also signified social prominence in some tribes and those who wore multi-strand red coral necklaces were held in high regard among their peers.\nCoral is used in many forms in jewelry, both as beads and gemstones placed in rings, bracelets and necklaces. As the craft of coral jewelry making evolved, artists made coral jewelry set in sterling silver. Of course, turquoise is the perfect compliment and the two stones are often used together to create detailed and colorful designs. Both stones also hold cultural and spiritual significance and some people believe wearing the stones together compounds their positive energy.\n
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