Spiny Shell Oyster Zuni Inlay Ring, Size 5
1920's Sacred Spiny Shell Oyster channel inlaid by a master Zuni Silversmith in Art Deco style.
Red Italian coral that is so often associated with American Indian Jewelry of the Southwest is not the traditional material and was not used until a trader began importing it in the 1930's. Before that time and in the best jewelry throughout, red spiny shell oyster is used.
Sacred to many native peoples around the world, especially the Inca in Peru and the Pueblo peoples of the Southwest USA, this shell has been traded thousands of miles over forbidding terrain.