Nancy and Ruddell Laconsello are known for their beautiful Zuni inlay jewelry predominately birds.
Nancy Haloo, born in 1952, learned jewelry making from her father Jake Haloo. She began making her own style of inlay in 1972.
She married Ruddell Laconsello and they began making jewelry together in 1976.
They are a successful husband and wife team who follow the tradition of Nancy’s parents, Jake Haloo and Lola Pinto Haloo, in their division of duties. Ruddell does the stone cutting, grinding, carving and polishing while Nancy does the inlay work.
Nancy and Ruddell’s work is characterized by birds in natural settings, such as on trees or with flowers or leaves.
They also are known for the engraving they add to their mosaics which gives rich texture and detail to the image.
Nancy’s family is full of noted jewelers including Dolly Banteah, Rolanda Haloo, Lolita Natachu, Jake Livingston and others.
Ruddell and Nancy use variations of their hallmark RNL ZUNI on their pieces.