I have a gorgeous 29 in long peyote bird chip inlay squash blossom necklace circa 1970. Initials JD are on the naja piece. No other markings. Any idea who JD is? I think JD Massie signs his full name. MaryAnn
What is Chip Inlay?
Chip inlay is a method where cavities in jewelry are filled with a mixture of crushed stone, typically turquoise and coral, and epoxy resin. The piece is then polished smooth after the resin has hardened. Navajo Tommy Singer is credited for first using chip inlay in Native American jewelry.
I have 6 JD s in my hallmark book and none of them are of the right tribe,
era or type of work to do that chip inlay.
J.D. Massie is Zuni and I’ve never seen Zuni do chip inlay.
So we are looking for a Navajo artist.
Here are some examples of Navajo Chip Inlay work.
I thought I’d post your photos in case another reader might have some ideas or suggestions about JD.
Let me know if you come up with anything.