Zuni Lapidaries are amazingly skilled. Their centuries of cutting stone and shell inlay seem to allow them a mastery over turquoise. As a crystalloid, natural turquoise is subject to cracking and breaking cleanly along cleavages. This makes the cutting of NEEDLEPOINT a most hazardous endeavor. Yet Zuni are able to cut these amazing slivers, one after another.
These vintage earrings are adorable in a butterfly design. Age has given a couple stones a darker color, typical of age and an assurance of NATURAL turquoise. Very precise and well made. Posts.