This Zuni couple is revered for their inlaid jewelry, especially exquisite bird designs.
Their flawless work is created by Ruddell, who provides the silverwork, while Nancy does the inlaid and etched stonework.
Here, the design is a Pueblo favorite – a hummingbird, hovering over a sprig of red flowers.
The various stones and shells are impeccably juxtaposed to provide realistic markings and colors.
With a turquoise face and back, the bird’s finely etched feathery wings and tail are pen shell, with tips of mother of pearl on the tail.
Mother of pearl is also used for the eye, which is also etched, and its etched and iridescent breast, as well as the trumpet-shaped flower hanging behind the hummer’s head.
Vivid red coral forms the flower buds, on a rich green, malachite stem and leaves.
The realistic, beautiful, and astonishingly delicate inlay defines the Laconsello’s work, which has won so many awards.
A stunner, by two of the most prestigious jewelers of traditional Zuni designs, and delightfully affordable.