Following in the long tradition of fine Zuni lapidary work, Ruddell and Nancy Laconsello are contemporary masters.
Their intricately inlaid birds and flora are amazingly detailed and thoroughly beautiful.
These enchanting earrings feature dazzlingly precise, vivid, and detailed, inlaid cardinals perched on a wild rose branch.
The silver is a graceful, expansive teardrop, whose brilliant polish contrasts with the natural coral, turquoise, and malachite, and the luminous mother of pearl.
Amazingly tiny lines of inlaid jet form the eyes, throats, and the claws that clutch the branch.
Even tinier slivers of jet radiate from the red coral centers of the white, mother of pearl rose.
Green turquoise forms the leaves, and darker green malachite is inlaid for the stem.
Swinging prettily as you move, and flashing in the light, these earrings are as mercurial, colorful, and fascinating as the vibrant cardinals they depict.