What is the purpose of this piece of jewelry?

May 5, 2014
Hi Paula,
I have a piece of jewelry and am unsure of it’s  purpose  It is circular, 3 inches in diameter, Zuni style inlay on sterling silver. There is a round center piece, surrounded by two outer layers of tear drop shaped turquoise, There are four  loops  at equal distance around the  back perimeter edge.
I do not know if it might be a grandmother’s pin or a bolo, or a pendent. The pawn tag is still attached but simply reads pawn 1969.
Thank you for any help you may be able to provide.
Becky
photo 1 photo 2June 23, 2014
Hi Becky,
To me it looks like it could be either Zuni or Navajo made in a Zuni style.
It is a classic petit point cluster.
I think it is intended to be sewn onto clothing or a costume – perhaps used on a head piece, a wrist band, belt or sash.
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Maybe other readers have some other ideas as to its use.
Paula
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Zuni Grandmother Pin – Justin Wilson

4 thoughts on “What is the purpose of this piece of jewelry?

  1. Paula is right as usual. It’s a sew-on.They were used in olden times to attach to clothing. However the even coloration of the stones suggests to me it might be a fake, plastic instead of turquoise. I would test it and also test the silver.

    • Hi Linda!
      Yes the clear SKY BLUE of those pieces don’t look like any real turquoise stones I have seen. Hard to answer these questions definitively from photos and your suggestion to test both the stones and the silver is right on. Paula

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