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VIntage Zuni Necklace RNL Laconsello Native American Necklace

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This gorgeous necklace, by the famed silver artisans, Ruddell and Nancy Laconsello, was purchased in late 1980's or early 1990's in Lake Tahoe, NV at an art show.

Signed "RNL Zuni" it is by world famous husband/wife jewelers Nancy and Ruddell Laconsello. Their pieces are in museums, and are widely thought to be some of the finest items being crafted in this style anywhere in the world.

This is a difficult type of jewelry to make, and to make it this well requires an artistry and mastery that elevates this to fine art that can be worn. Each gem is cut precisely to fit the silver pockets, much like a small child's jigsaw puzzle, but much more complicated.

It is coral and other gems inlaid into sterling silver. The etching is hand done, and finished with, I believe an sulphur oxidation so it will wear well.

Nancy is the one who cuts all of the gems for inlay, Ruddell designs, cuts and polishes the silver, and does the engraving and finish work.

They are certified Native American Artisans with a long family history of jewelry expertise. We guarantee this item to be authentic, however, we do not have a certificate. It is signed, and is of the quality one would expect from a Laconsello piece.

Insurance and a signature is REQUIRED on this item. If we cannot obtain insurance vis USPS, we will have to cancel the order. Insurance is included in the shipping.

Chain is handmade. This item was never worn. It is an amazing item, and will only increase in value.

The pendant is 1 1/2" by 1 1/2" at the widest point, and the chain is about 8" long on each side. It will fit up to about a 17 1/2" neck.


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VIntage Zuni Necklace RNL Laconsello Native American Necklace