Turquoise Zuni Necklace

Turquoise Zuni Necklace

The Zuni Indians of the Southwest live in a village in New Mexico that is approximately thirty-five miles south of Gallup. More than half of the tribal members are involved in creating unique handmade Indian jewelry. Zuni artists use stones and shells in their designs, and their fetish necklaces are considered by collectors to be their most original design contribution. The necklaces are crafted with a variety of miniature and delicate stone carvings of birds, bears, frogs and other animals. The animals are carved from turquoise, mother-of-pearl, coral, abalone, ivory and different types of shells, and are strung on strands of heishi, which are made by Santo Domingo Indians.

Zuni artists’ channel inlay patterns, cluster, needlepoint, and petit point designs are world-renowned. In the past, artists used stones obtained from traders, which included turquoise, pipestone, lapis lazuli, and malachite, to design intricate and very precise patterns. Many vintage pieces are adorned with Blue Gem turquoise, which is uncommon now. Zuni Indian jewelry is meticulously crafted and their ability to select unique and complimentary stones is remarkable.

Inlay involves the precise cutting of stones to fit together, most often in a mosaic pattern. This technique is a stone to stone inlay whereby the artist places stones directly against each other. It requires great precision of cutting to create the design while avoiding gaps. Channel inlay is a technique that involves setting stones into shapes or channels that are pre-molded from silver. The stone must match the border of the silver without adding filler. In the 1930’s and 1940’s, Zuni craftsman primarily worked with hand held tools; however, their inlay is anything but primitive. Their inlay work was so beautiful that it’s hard to believe it was done with simple tools.

Today, contemporary artists often use more modern powered tools, but the difficulty of their art is not diminished, and they now have a wider color range of colors to choose from. In addition to black jet, red coral, white mother of pearl, and blue turquoise, modern Zuni jewelry makers use stones like green gaspeite, orange melon shell, and purple sugilite.

Some of the more famous traditional Zuni artists include Leo Poblano, Leekya Deyuse, Mary Kallistewa, Frank Vacit, Mingos House, John Gordon Leak, Teddy Weahkee, and Dan Simplico. Today some of the most popular contemporary Zuni artists include Virgil and Shirley Benn, Rudell and Nancy Laconsello, H.L. Zuhnie, Dale Edaakie, V.M. Dishta, and Anselm Wallace.

Native Americans have been handcrafting jewelry since they first drew inspiration from their natural surroundings and transformed shell and stone into wearable jewelry. Some of the oldest discovered pieces date from over 10,000 years ago. The skilled artisans at Alltribes continue the age-old tradition and create captivating works of art that will surpass your expectations!

Alltribes is one of the rare jewelry stores that has a workshop employing Native American artists creating extraordinary pieces of jewelry on site. While most of our silversmiths are Navajo, we employ artists from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some work from home, on the reservation, and some work here in our shop. Alltribes Native American Art and Jewelry blends ancient history, natural beauty, and unparalleled expertise flawlessly. We are conveniently located near Scottsdale, Mesa and Phoenix, AZ in the historic town of Gilbert. Unfortunately, due to Covid and other factors, we are unable to take walk in customers at this time. We are more than happy to offer curbside pickup if you are in the area, give us a call.

Our Jewelry

The design and quality of our Silver and Turquoise jewelry are unmatched and stand far above the rest. Turquoise conveys a special meaning as it has for centuries and in populations across the globe. Turquoise signifies healing, spirit and good fortune. With masterful techniques, our artisans incorporate this semi-precious stone into beautiful and intricate designs, drawing customers from around the world.

You can own a piece of Native American artistry without spending a fortune. Alltribes provides deep discounts because we don't purchase our jewelry elsewhere. Our in-house artists and silversmiths create custom pieces without the extra expenses of middlemen, shipping and tariffs.

Our Local History

Gilbert, AZ provides the ideal location for crafting our Native American jewelry. The Navajo and Hopi Indian tribes have inhabited nearby lands for many thousands of years. Their eternal respect for natural beauty and their innate talent shines through in every handcrafted piece of jewelry.

Our dazzling, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise comes from a nearby mine in Globe, AZ. This unique and exceedingly rare turquoise is renowned for its hardness, durability, and gorgeous color. Our artisans preserve the natural beauty of this precious stone, so you can admire its elegance for years to come. A hand buffed polish protects the stones and heightens its natural beauty.

Our Tradition

In addition to Native American jewelry, Alltribes upholds the ancient traditions of Native Americans by offering more than remarkable jewelry. We offer a wide variety of Native American Cultural Art including authentic Hopi Kachina dolls, pueblo pottery, Navajo Wool Rugs, hand-dyed leather belts, dreamcatchers, tomahawks and other Southwestern and Native American artifacts, to beautify your home and your life. It is our pleasure, to help spread knowledge about the Native American culture to the general public.

As part of our continuing effort to inform and inspire, we offer a vast array of in-depth knowledge for those who want to learn more about Native Americans and the Southwest. Our online knowledge center is free for all and includes some of the most interesting and complete information available online.

Alltribes has been serving our valued customers for over 50 years, so you can rest assured that when you have a question or concern, we'll be right here, ready to help. When you purchase something online today, you never know if the company will still be there, next week or next month.

Alltribes' reputation and longstanding experience ensure you get more than just jewelry – you get a wealth of seasoned knowledge and exceptional service…..that you can count on! We consider our customers to be part of our extended family and we're proud to say that our family now spans continents. We'd love to have you join us!

In addition to our local Native American products, we offer distinguished wares, sourced from Native American tribes across the U.S. Navajo, Hopi, Zuni and other Native American artists provide one-of-a-kind items that we proudly offer to you, at direct to you prices!

Alltribes is much more than just a manufacturer, store and knowledge center. We keep a jewelry workshop on site. If you want a custom design, our silversmiths will work with you to turn your dream into reality. Have an idea for something new? Talk with our artisans and discuss how to bring it to fruition. And should your beloved jewelry ever need to be repaired, we help with that, too.

Whether you're a Native American enthusiast, a collector, a designer or simply someone who loves beauty, Alltribes showcases a diverse collection of superior artifacts, sure to satisfy even the most selective customer.