Edith Tsabetsaye, Concho Belt, Sleeping Beauty Turq, Silver, Zuni Handmade,45 in

Tribe Zuni
Age Group Adult
Artist Tsabetsaye, Edith
Age Circa 2010's
Item Weight 0.8651
Width 2
Height 2
Belt Leather Width 1
Gap in Cuff Style Bracelet n/a
Widest Point on Bracelet Band n/a
Concho Height 2
Concho Width 2
Gemtype Stone Shape irregular-shape
Gender Unisex
Length 45
Number of Stones 1
Weight Grams 242.4
Main Stone Sleeping Beauty Turquoise
Metal Sterling Silver

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Zuni artist Edith Tsabetsaye started making traditional cluster jewelry in the 1950s. She excelled at this popular style, but she knew she wanted to do something different. A new style of stone work was invented in Zuni during the late 1940s. When Edith decided she would make needlepoint pieces the technique was in its infancy. The idea was the same. Consistency in the color, size and shape of the turquoise stones. Also, the small needlepoint cuts would be set in cluster patterns. Edith took it to another level. She didn't just shape turquoise into boring skinny rectangle cuts. Edith masterfully transformed her stones into these individual works of art. You immediately recognize an Edith Tsabetsaye cut by the high dome and crescent shape. It is hard to imagine shaping one stone like this, but she does it to every stone she sets. This belt is filled with 1212 perfectly matched Sleeping Beauty Turquoise stones. It took three years to complete this eleven piece belt. Every time she brought us a concho we knew that this was going to be something very special. Edith completed the belt just in time for the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial. Her handmade creation won "Best in Category" in the lapidary division. We asked her if she would be interested in doing a coral belt, but thought maybe this would be the last belt she would make.

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