Turquoise Band by Sheldon & Nancy Westika, Zuni
This beautiful turquoise band is handmade by Sheldon and Nancy Westika of the Zuni Pueblo tribe. The technique of setting stones in patterns with sterling silver between is known as channel inlay. Each of the hand cut turquoise tiles in this ring is from a different mine to achieve a unique range of colours. This turquoise band fits US ring size 8, UK size P.
Zuni is the largest of New Mexico’s nineteen Indian Pueblos with more than 600 square miles of reservation land and a population of over 11,000. Zuni is considered to be one of the most traditional of all the Pueblos. Zuni has a unique language, culture and history that has resulted in part from geographical isolation, being located much further south than the other Pueblos. The Zuni Nation has its own constitutional government, courts, police force, school system and economic base. Around 80% of families are involved in the creative arts.