Effie C Buckle Large Turquoise Coral Defiant Zuni Snake Sterling Silver For Sale
Effie C Buckle Large Turquoise Coral Defiant Zuni Snake Sterling Silver
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There are always so many false rumors swirling around about world famous Zuni artist, Effie Calavaza, and several of them are usually on view somewhere!
For example, you may have heard that’s she very ill and in a nursing home. She isn’t. You might have heard she’s going blind. She isn’t. You might have even heard that Effie herself is retired, or living in a nursing home,or even dead and that her children now make the jewelry under her hallmark. This isn’t true, either. Effie still personally makes every piece of fabulous jewelry she sells, and her children make their jewelry under their names and hallmarks,so obviouslyshe's very much alive.In fact, this petitegrandmotheris so energetic that she still cuts her own stones!
But what is true, unfortunately, that because her work is so much in demand -- and has been for many years -- that several years ago others began copying her snake designs. Please beware of similar appearing ‘snake’ design jewelry that is purposely made to look like Effie’s work but is not. So if the price appears to be too good to be true, it probably is a knockoff!
Here's one of Effie'slarge (there are now two larger sizes -- also listed -- but this is still a good sized beckle), classicturquoiseand coral buckles, and itfeaturesone of her famous signature inlaid coral-eyed snakes coiledamongtwo largeSleeping Beauty turquoise nugget stones and two large (by today's standards these are huge) genuine natural Mediterranean red coral stones. These stones are set among hand made rain drop beads and surrounded by hand stampeddesigns along the outer edges.The heavy duty, slightly domed,sand cast buckle is1¾" in height and2½" in width.It will accommodate a belt up to an absolute maximum of 1" in width.
In Zuni culture, the snake is symbolic of defiance that gained new significance with westward expansion and subsequent broken treaties in the 19th century which resulted in forced tribal relocations and thousands of deaths on both sidesThe Zuni tribesuccessfully hid from the U.S. Army atop what's now called Zuni Mountain. The Zuni tribe never capitulated and remained on their tribal lands.
Effie’s hallmark (Effie C Zuni) is on the back of the buckle.
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