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Important Juan de Dios Silver & Turquoise Cuff

(Zuni, 1882-1940s)

  Lot # JZ702
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Important Juan de Dios Silver & Turquoise Cuff

  • Signed "JD" for
  • 8 Natural Turquoise Stones in a Row with Raised Edges
  • Compare to this example, which sold in July of 2022 

About the Artist: Juan de Dios

Juan De Dios, recognized as the earliest identifiable Zuni jewelry maker, played a pivotal role in shaping the craft, notably mentoring his nephew Dan Simplicio Sr. among other Zuni artisans. A figure shrouded in mystery, Juan's life is vividly recalled through the stories shared by Lee Weebothe. 

Juan de Dios is celebrated for mastering tufa casting in the early 20th century, a skill he developed with innovative techniques, often using kerosene or machine oil as mold releases. His work includes delicate, small animal forms in silver, resembling traditional fetishes, showcasing his exceptional attention to detail.

His most notable contributions include the intricate crucifixes and the pioneering knifewing pieces inlaid with stones, a technique possibly first developed by him. These pieces, now highly valued, mark significant advancements in the art of Zuni silversmithing and have become iconic in Native American jewelry.

Owning a piece by Juan de Dios is not just an acquisition of jewelry; it's an investment in a piece of history, crafted by a true innovator in Zuni silversmithing. His works are now cherished heirlooms, admired for generations for their cultural significance and unparalleled craftsmanship.

Good, We'll Leave The Polishing To You, As Shown, Stones Secure in their Settings, May Be Able To Be Resized

79.1 grams
6.75" Internal Circumference, 1" Opening
2.03" X 2.76" X 1.1"

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  • Diamond and gemstone weights, colors, and clarity grades are approximate and determined while mounted.
  • Treatment of colored stones, pearls, and other gemstones to enhance their appearance is common; these treatments may or may not be noted.

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Lot # JZ702
System ID # 15113575
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