Blue Ribbon Award Winning Zuni Turquoise Clusterwork Bracelet by Lorraine & Luwayne Waatsa

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Zuni Native American Turquoise Clusterwork bracelet set in Sterling Sliver. The clusterwork acheived in this breathtaking piece is the work won,the late ( 2017 ) Luwayne and Lorraine Waatsa a First Place Blue Ribbon at the 2013 Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial. Each individual piece of natural sleeping beauty turquoise has been hand cut, hand shaped, hand polished and matched for this flawless work of art. Hallmark: 'LW'. Size: 6.6. Dimensions: 1.125H x 2.5L x 2.75W


Item Number:
B624
Artist:
Lorraine & Luwayne Waatsa
Size:
7 1/8"
Tribe:
Zuni
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Winners of blue ribbons from the Gallup Ceremonial, Lorraine and Luwayne are a husband-and-wife-duo who specialize in fine petit point and clusterwork jewelry pieces. The pair work primarily in coral, lapis and Fox Mine Turquoise. Lorraine in particular descends from a family of Zuni jewelers; the daughter of Alice and Duane Quam and grandchild of Doris and Wayne Ondelacy. Silversmith is in her blood and she was taught the craft as a youngster by her parents. Lorraine recalls making her first piece in 1971 whilst still living at home with her parents. She describes their process of making jewelry starting with shaping the stones to get them closer to the shape needed. Lorraine then grinds the stones on a 100 grit wheel without using any water. One the stone is close to the shape, she uses a sealing wax melted to a stick (size depends on the stone) and uses the stick instead of hands to perfect the size of the stone. Luwayne then finishes with the silverwork. Lorraine and Luwayne are prolific and their work is a mixture of pass-downs and newer designs. They have received recognition for their art including being published in ‘Zuni Jewelry,’ by Theda and Michael Bassman.
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X-Small 4 1/2" - 5" 4 3/4" - 5 1/4"
Small 5 1/8" - 5 1/2" 5 3/8" - 5 3/4"
Medium 5 5/8" - 6"  5 7/8" - 6 1/4"
Large (Men's Small) 6 1/8" - 6 1/2" 6 3/8" - 6 3/4"
X-Large (Men's Medium) 6 5/8" - 7" 6 7/8" - 7 1/4"
XX-Large (Men's Large) 7 1/8" - 7 1/2" 7 3/8" - 7 3/4"
XXX-Large (Men's X-Large) 7 5/8" - 8" 7 7/8" - 8 1/4"

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