Zuni artists set mosaics of turquoise in shell, wood and bone
to wear as ornaments. This historic background, plus the
influence of Mexican design and the extra time afforded by a
more sedentary life, brought forth an intricate and elaborate
type of silver work.
Silver lost its importance with the Zunis, except as a base
to hold stone sets. Small stones, known as snake eyes and
needlepoints, with scores or There is extensive use of jet,
coral and shell, as well as turquoise.
The Shalako ceremony forms the basis of much of Zuni
jewelry design. A later development is Zuni inlay (stones
fitted to each other) and channel-work (stones inlaid but
outlined in silver).
The stones are cut to fit open designs in the silver, and then
polished flush to the outer surface of the silver. Copyright