Monday, January 7, 2008

The Zuni / Hopi Advantage

The Navajo out number both the Zuni and Hopi about 20:1 in terms of population. There tends to be a premium on the jewelry pieces of both Zuni and Hopi I think primarily because of supply limitations. Only a small number of Hopi pieces can be found in Gallup, but both Zuni and Navajo pieces are plentiful with Navajo much more common. I wouldn't be surprised if the actual ratio is 20:1. Pictured here is Emery Ohmsatte's unique lapidary inlay set in sterling silver with raised center and bead settings which make this piece one that is not easy to forget, as its three dimensions really catch the eye. His exacting artwork commands premium prices.