Dennis Edaakie – a phenomenon in his era. When Edaakie first appeared as a new force in Zuni jewelry, excellence was just beginning. Oh, the Zuni images had been refined, and traders introduced newer, higher quality turquoise. But Dennis went another way. Rather than enhanced materials, he chose to perfect the materials and excellence at hand.
The Zuni have long been known for lapidary. Dennis Edaakie set the inlay lapidary bar so high, none could replicate his technique and finery. His finished products were precise, no fill between stone and silver. None. Somehow, Dennis learned to “finish” his jewelry in a superior way as well. His mirror finished moves quickly along he face of his work (see photo), nary a hair out of place. And a POLISH unequalled by any of his peers.
Yes, Dennis Edaakie has become a legend. Unfortunately, his talents have drifted into the wind as other artists soon replicated his work. But none ever replicated his FINISH. This bola is a prime example of Edaakie’s superior quality. And in a double bird motif, fairly unusual. Hallmark includes Dennis & Nancy Edaakie, a credit Dennis quickly acknowledged in his family work. Nancy did part of the work, Dennis the rest.
Museum quality, somewhat unique, and priced to sell. Wear with pride.