This wonderful Native American Zuni handcrafted Sterling Silver Inlaid Peyote Waterbird squash blossom necklace, earring, bracelet & ring set is spectacular! This authentic, stunning and classic Zuni treasure features the peyote water bird, a legendary and sacred symbol among Native Americans. The squash necklace features 14 birds, elaborately inlaid with Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, Coral, Black Jet, White & Gold Lip Mother of Pearl. The colorful inlay is impeccable!
The double peyote bird centerpiece is 3-1/8 tall by 3 wide. The double silver beaded necklace measures about 29 end to end and hangs down 16 from the back of the neck to the bottom of the naja. There are six more peyote birds on either side of the necklace. The birds on the sides of the necklace are 1-5/8 long.
The matching dangle earrings are 1-7/8 long.
The matching bracelet is 3/4 wide with an inside end to end measurement of 5-1/8 plus a carefully adjustable gap of 1-1/8. The water bird on the bracelet measures 1-1/2 long.
The ring is a size 8-1/2 and the waterbird on the ring is 1 long.
Brand new and in perfect condition. Gift box and Certificate of Authenticity included with your purchase. Hallmarked by the artist, Lynnette Laiwakete. This is a very special collectible Zuni set that you will treasure for a long, long time.
The Water Bird is a symbol representing, for many Native Americans, the renewal of life, wet seasons, rivers, distant travel, distant vision and wisdom. The Water Bird has been an important symbol of the Native American Church (NAC) and Peyote medicine. It is thought that the Water Bird dives to the bottom of lakes and rivers bringing up medicines and placing them on the shore so the people can use them.