Following in the long tradition of fine lapidary work at his Zuni Pueblo, Quintin Quam, of the famous family of fetish carvers, is a contemporary master.
His intricately inlaid birds and flora are amazingly detailed and thoroughly beautiful.
This enchanting link bracelet features circular, slightly convex circles of sterling silver, each with a finely inlaid hummingbird vignette.
Beloved by everyone lucky enough to view their vibrant, darting presence at a bird feeder, hummingbirds are also revered by Natives for helping to propagate plants – and crops.
These sprightly little hummers are impeccably inlaid in a variety of natural stones as bright and beautiful as the birds themselves.
Luminous mother of pearl forms their radiant wings; natural red coral replicates their ruby throats, with iridescent abalone, and turquoise, bodies.
Carved tails are of black jet,as are their little eyes, and hair’s-breadth beaks.
Green malachite makes up the leaves of the flowers, while inlaid lapis forms the blossoms.
Slightly domed silver reflects the light, and is stamped around the edge with dainty scallops.
Linking the links are sturdy silver circles, with enough play at the end to make the wrist size adjustable.
As delicate, colorful and fascinating as the hummingbirds it depicts, this bracelet is simply ravishing.