Zuni Clusterwork Red Coral Drop Earrings by Lorraine & Luwayne Waatsa

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A statement- making pair of Red Coral and Sterling Silver Earrings by Lorraine & Luwayne Waatsa. The design is a simple Red Coral oval stone, encircled by Red Coral stones of the same shape and size.

The stones are encased in a Sterling Silver setting, and the slight separation between each stone gives a depth and maturity to the finish. A simple Red Coral stone is affixed to the fastening which adjoins the central piece. 

Lorraine and Luwayne Waatsa are renowned for their Zuni Clusterwork, which is so well exemplified in these Earrings. Well- known for their quality jewelry, the Waatsa’s work has been published in Zuni records and research and they have been oft- referred to as ‘leading the next generation’ of Zuni Silver masters.

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Lorraine & Luwayne Waatsa
1 7/8" H X 1" W
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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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