TRIBAL: This word, and its varied meanings, covers the entire world today. One of its meanings goes back many thousands of years. Beads are said to be the first artistic form man ever created, often by carving agate, serpentine and carnelian stones, or whatever petty stones they could find, always taking advantage of natural patterns and shapes in the stones. They are with us today in collections and still occasionally found at dig sites.
TRIBAL can mean artifacts found, created and worn by the various groups of humanity we call tribes. These artifacts can be made of stone, clay, lava rock, amber, shell, bone and whatever material was indigenous to the area where they lived. Later, with the coming of metals , bronze, copper, silver, tin, and all their alloys and embellishments, all these possibilities added to their remarkable skills and artistic achievements.
TRIBAL can also mean TRADE beads, the beautiful and colorful Venetian glass beads that were later sought after by the tribal people in exchange for gold and other treasures European royalty and traders valued.
Traded artifacts of any kind were worn, prized, traded to other tribes and often require soap and water and a good polishing when they come into the collections of modern man. But they are always prized, even when they show wear. They just tell a fascinating story and it is our pleasure to listen.
Zuni craftsmen and women have wonderful skills in design, in silver channel inlay work, in color, and, not to be overlooked, they have an elegant sense of humor often depicted in animal antics. Horses gallop, big bulls snort, birds fly or perch on twigs, owl scowl, hummers hover, blue jays and cardinals perch and on and on. I am particularly fond of their very special and rare Zuni beaded horses. All the horses here seem to be protecting the little Hereford calf. Amazing craftsmanship with this beadwork!
So pretty! Jewels with pearls and turquoise, a beautiful combination! The focal charm of this bracelet is a design of multicolored faceted little jewels, mostly citrine and amethyst.There are three other jewel charms by Nicky Butler and four larger turquoise and sterling charms, two with nice sterling stamping designs, one with leaf embellishment and one with an elegant, simple sterling setting. Three ofthese charms are signed. Not to forget a pretty little square charm with tiny turquoise cabs and a dark purple/blackcenter. The nugget charms are matt Hubei turquoise, faceted freeform amethystand natural baroque pearls. The band of this bracelet is green turquoise withfour sterling beads and a sterling chain closure with a lobster clasp, adjustable from about 8″to larger. This is an elegant bracelet, rich in its colors and charms and just waiting for the special buyer!
This bracelet features two vintage Cardinal birds beautifully inlaid into Mother of Pearl backgrounds by amazing Zuni Indian craftsmen decades ago. These pretty charms flank a fine focal charm with two large natural turquoise stones set in attractive sterling embellishment. In all there are twelve Navajo vintage charms in addition to the focal charm, and all but the two Zuni cluster charms are old and vintage with still a little patina left on them. These are old timers and the bit of patina just attests to their venerable age! The additional nugget charms are natural Kingman mine turquoiseand bright red Mediterranean coralwith sterling bead caps. The band of this bracelet is natural coral with sterling beads and a pretty sterling toggle clasp. It has a wearable length of about 7.75″ to 8″.
Three hearts!This bracelet has a fine Zuni sterling needlepoint turquoise focal heart, set with avariety of little green and blue stones. It is signed “PB” on the back and I have added a cluster of beads at the back just for interest. Two long sterling feathers flank the focal heart in addition to two red spiny oyster charms.The other two hearts are elegant sterling and turquoise hearts surrounded with red coral, possibly jasper, and they are signed by Dan Dodson. There are four vintage charms, a little cross with a malachite heart, signed, two handsome concho charms with nicely stamped sterling silver designs and turquoise centers, and a small malachite charm with sterling leaf design.The nugget charms are natural turquoise and coral and the band of this bracelet is green turquoise with sterling beads and a pretty sterling toggle clasp designed on both sides. This bracelet has a wearable length of about 8.5″, but can be resized. This s a bold bracelet and would adapt easily to a necklace, just ask.