Zuni Cluster Ring by Robert & Bernice Leekya, Size 8.5


American Indian Silversmith

Large Sterling Silver and Bright Blue Turquoise Ring in the Zuni Cluster Petit Point style, signed proudly RLB

Size 8.5

Robert and Bernice Leekya are a power couple of Zuni American Indian Jewelry-making.  They come from the Leekya Deyuse and Quam dynasties of the Zuni nation, both being luminaries in their craft.

Leekya Deyuse is Robert's father, both are known for the artistry and quality of craftsmanship employed to produce these exquisite pieces.  Leekya Deyuse is known primarily as a master festish carver but he also produced work in silver, mostly now held in museums or selling for 5-6 figures.  Robert is known for his gold and silversmith mastery and use of the very best turquoise, traditional designs taken to new heights of high art.

Bernice comes from the Quam/Ondelacy family, another Zuni line whose jewelry is highly prized and also in museums.  Her siser, Alice Quam is known for her petit point turquoise lapidary work and we have a bracelet perhaps by Alice but attributed to her daughter Alvinia Quam also at R+G.
Ruby's Grandfather collected jewelry from this dynasty and she has many pieces from most of the members of this amazing family.  She wears this with a tunic or sundress, it really doesn't matter.  The color and form of this ring brings out her natural beauty no matter what else she wears.


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