Another style of that intriguing, inlaid spinning jewelry from Zuni Pueblo, which is almost synonymous with fine inlay work.
This lovely ring is inlaid with colorful birds. which are also good luck symbols, and daintily stamped around the border of each side.
On one side of the domed silver background, a snowy owl appears, his mother of pearl and abalone shell feathers, glistening in the light of a full moon, above.
Spin the stamped and domed silver bead, and a colorful, red(coral)-throated hummingbird appears, hovering over a wild rose, with malachite leaves.
For the Zuni, owls are guardians of the night, and protectors of the sleeping village.
Their hooting alerts people to the coming of enemies and danger.
Hummingbirds pollinate plants and crops, so are a great help to the farmers of Zuni, who rely on rain alone, for irrigation.
Entirely hand fabricated, each bird is meticulously inlaid with minuscule naturalistic detail, and delicately etched in wings, tails, etc.
The shank is a rounded, u-shaped band that is flat on the inside, and super-comfortable to wear.
An eye-catching conversation piece that is a pleasure to look at and to wear. And your wallet will love it, too!