• Circa 1976 Dickie and Amy Quandelacey 'double hummingbird' channel-inlay turquoise Zuni ring, size 5.5. #2398


    This ring is part of Native American history, and al-most old enough to be legitimately considered 'vintage.'  It is a somewhat rare ring made by two very well-known Zuni Pueblo artisans whose work is displayed in the Smithsonian National Museum of the America Indian in Washington, D.C.   Furthermore, Dickie's mother Ellen Quandelacy—from whom he learned the craft—has work displayed in the Smithsonian as well.  It is my understanding from decades of buying and selling Quandelacy pieces, that Dickie and Amy married around 1975 when Amy was 17-or-so.  Dickie taught Amy jewelry-making during the short time they were married, and thereafter each continued-on solo—making jewelry with the same channel-inlay designs originally developed by Dickie's mother.  Through these many decades this double hummingbird design has become so popular that it has fallen victim to knock-offs both here and offshore.  Genuine pieces will be hallmarked "D. Quandelacy" for Dickie Quandelacy; "Amy" in cursive for Amy Quandelacy, or later, Amy Quandelacy Wesley.  Rarely will you encounter the "D A" over a "Q" (for Dickie and Amy Quandelacy) with an additional stamped design underneath the initials, like you see above.  Both Dickie and Amy, as well as Ellen, have crossed to the other side, R.I.P.  This ring is 1.5-inches long and just shy of 3/4th's-of-an-inch wide.  It weighs 9.5-grams, or .335-ounces.  Complimentary USPS tracked Priority shipping within the U.S.  Enjoy—and don't lose it.