World re-known Zuni artist Annie Quam Gasper made this gorgeous Sleeping Beauty turquoise inlay necklace and earrings set back in the 1960's; she is well-known for this necklace, one of her signature designs. Annie was the daughter of Johnny Quam, sister of Bert Quam and Ellen Quandelacy. Annie Quam Gasper and Ellen Quandelacy were born in the 1920s and died in the early 2000s. They were known to collaborate on jewelry, but they each specialized in very distinct styles. Annie is known for this inlaid "spider web" design. Her work is published in all Zuni reference books, and a picture of her necklace is on page 52 of the book " Zuni The Art and the People, Volume 3", by Barbara Bell. Annie's exceptional work is highly prized and sought by collectors.
The necklace measures about 18 inches end to end and hangs approximately 11 inches long from the back of the neck to the bottom of the dangles on the centerpiece. The large centerpiece is 1-1/2 inches wide and 2-1/2 inches long including the dangles. The smaller medallions on the necklace are 7/8 inch wide and 3/4 inch wide. The pieces are connected with a handmade long silver link necklace, and the link necklace closes with a hook clasp.
The matching earrings are a total of 2-1/2 inches long and they are screw-backs, for non-pierced ears. These could be converted to post backs by a jeweler. Or I could remove the entire turquoise covered screw-back finding and add sterling silver bead posts for pierced ears. See last photo.
The natural Sleeping Beauty turquoise inlay has aged well and the stones are still perfectly matched to one another in color. Imagine the amount of painstaking work that went into creating this necklace set!
Excellent vintage condition. Hallmarked A.Q.G. Zuni on the center medallion and A.Q.G. on the back of both earrings. circa 1960's. After 1975, Annie removed the period after each letter of her mark. Gift Box and Certificate of Authenticity included. Every Zuni jewelry collector needs a few pieces by Annie Quam Gasper. I read somewhere that Annie Quam Gasper learned jewelry making from Horace Iule, one of the great masters.