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Pin, Cluster, Turquoise, Hallmark, Vintage, 677

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AN ORIGINAL ONDELACY. 

This piece is a big deal. Measuring 4.75” in diameter, it is literally big, but it’s also attributed to renowned jewelry artisan Fannie Weethobee Ondelacy, who was known for her cluster work, pendants, and collar pins. This beautiful pin is what is known as a grandmother cluster; legend has it that the center stone is the grandmother, and each outer ring represents her being surrounded by her children and grandchildren. This one is made up of a combination of snake eye, petit point, and oval turquoise stones, sterling silver drops, Ondelacy’s signature half moons, and twist wire details. It’s absolutely stunning and the kind of statement piece that’s destined to become a beloved heirloom.

Fannie Weebothee Ondelacy (1920 - deceased; Zuni). Cluster work; pendants; collar pins. Fannie Ondelacy shared the stamps with her husband Wayne Ondelacy.  Sister of Lee Weebothee.

Marks:F W O; F. W. ONDELACY; F. W. Ondelacy (script)
  • artist: Fannie Weebothee Ondelacy
  • affiliation: Zuni
  • hallmarks: F.W. Ondelacey
  • materials: sterling silver, turquoise
  • dimensions: 4 3/4"
  • weight: 90 grams
  • locking c clasp 2 pendant loops
  • nice vintage condition
  • stones are secure in their settings
  • two stones have hairline fractures
  • stones are natural and varied in color commensurate with age
  • silver has a nice patina
  • light wear from ethnographic use
  • style: JP677
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