Zuni sterling silver row ring. The five rows of channel inlay are Sleeping Beauty turquoise. size 8 3/4
The Sleeping Beauty mine near Globe, Arizona is one of the largest active turquoise mines in North America. Sleeping Beauty is known for its solid bright blue color without matrix. This makes it a favorite of Zuni silversmiths.
Channel inlay is one of the most intricate techniques of jewelry making. An inlay base design is made and a rim of silver is soldered around the edges. Silver partitions are put in to form “boxes” for the cut stones to fit into.