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Very Rare, Della Casa Appa, Matching, Hachita Turquoise, Cluster Petite Point, Bracelet and Ring Ensemble

Made circa 1932

Excellent Condition

Made entirely by Della Casa Appa by hand with Swiss Files and Tools supplied by famed Zuni Trader, CG Wallace of the Zuni Trading Post.

Della was one of CG Wallace's star silversmiths.

Dell Casa Appa was the first Southwest Native American woman silversmith.

Her best work is extraordinary. It is delicate... finest silver work with top grade Turquoise.  CG Wallace's influence is clearly evident.

Della Casa jewelry was in Sotheby's 1975 sale of CG Wallace's personal collection.  Her jewelry fetched a high premium. 

The Hachita Turquoise Mine (located in New Mexico) is the oldest Turquoise Mine in the Southwest. It was producing turquoise before 1500 AD... before recorded history (early 1500's)... when the Spanish arrived looking for gold.

Hachita Turquoise color goes from sky blue (a bit like Lavender Pit Bisbee) to deep Jade Green and everything in between.

Native American people love turquoise jewelry (as do so many others). Originally it was made here in the Southwest without silver.  Turquoise set in Silver Jewelry did not arrive here till about 1880.

The condition of this ensemble is excellent. The silver and turquoise are perfect. The turquoise glows. There are no cracks or broken turquoise pieces. There is a slight, beautiful patina to the silver.

Consider this piece among the very finest example of original (1930's) Zuni, Petite Point. It is extraordinary in every way. The turquoise is gem. The condition is Excellent. Della Casa Appa is Legend. 

This Della Casa Appa  was entirely handmade (without the benefit of electricity) from coin silver.

There was no electricity in Zuni in the 1930's... not until the late 1950's / 1960's did electricity arrive in Zuni. Everything from cutting the gems to all the silver work and soldering was done by hand (without the benefit of modern electric tools.

Heating the silver hot enough to set each bezel but not so hot that the completed work on adjoining sections comes apart.  This was a time consuming exercise that required great skill, patience and experience.

Notice, the color image of Della... that entire page is from the August 1952 issue of Arizona Highways. The article was written by Edgar Ellington, Jr. Mr. Ellington introduces the page stating, "Outstanding examples of Zuni jewelry are shown in color photographs... the six photographs at the top of the page were taken by J.H. McGibbeny... they represent a considerable investment in money... are from the private collection of CG Wallace..."

Della is wearing a collection of her jewelry. The flowers on Squash Blossom Necklace she wears is almost identical to the flowers on this Bracelet and Ring.

Also, the design and execution of this bracelet is near identical to the Della Casa Appa necklace from the Wallace auction (Lot 1035). The catalogue states it was made in 1932. Please take the time to read Sotheby's description. The $1500 to $2000 price was Sotheby's estimated value of the necklace. I do not know what the actual hammer price was.

Please see all the images I've included here in which I compared details of this Bracelet to documented examples of other Della Casa Appa jewelry.

I can find no record of a Della Casa Appa hallmark. That is not unusual considering the period it was made.

The bracelet is for a 6 1/4" to a 6 1/2" wrist. It can be adjusted slightly larger or smaller for a perfect fit. We are happy to do that for you.

The ring is size is 6.  It can also be easily adjusted by any jeweler with a laser.

To put things in perspective. The quality of the lapidary seen in this Della Casa Appa compares favorably today with the work of greats like Charles Loloma, Preston and Jesse Monogye, Ray and Lee Yazzie, Boyd Tsosie and other greats like them... but without electicity.

One last thought, the reason vintage jewelry from legendary artists fetches a premium is not because it's old... everything gets old... no.  It's because of its Extraordinary workmanship and Beautiful, extinct turquoise.

Wear it, Enjoy it and Keep it in this Excellent Condition you'll probably profit when you decide to pass it on.

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Very Rare, Della Casa Appa, Matching, Hachita Turquoise, Cluster Petite Point, Bracelet and Ring Ensemble

Made circa 1932

Excellent Condition

Made entirely by Della Casa Appa by hand with Swiss Files and Tools supplied by famed Zuni Trader, CG Wallace of the Zuni Trading Post.

Della was one of CG Wallace's star silversmiths.

Dell Casa Appa was the first Southwest Native American woman silversmith.

Her best work is extraordinary. It is delicate... finest silver work with top grade Turquoise.  CG Wallace's influence is clearly evident.

Della Casa jewelry was in Sotheby's 1975 sale of CG Wallace's personal collection.  Her jewelry fetched a high premium. 

The Hachita Turquoise Mine (located in New Mexico) is the oldest Turquoise Mine in the Southwest. It was producing turquoise before 1500 AD... before recorded history (early 1500's)... when the Spanish arrived looking for gold.

Hachita Turquoise color goes from sky blue (a bit like Lavender Pit Bisbee) to deep Jade Green and everything in between.

Native American people love turquoise jewelry (as do so many others). Originally it was made here in the Southwest without silver.  Turquoise set in Silver Jewelry did not arrive here till about 1880.

The condition of this ensemble is excellent. The silver and turquoise are perfect. The turquoise glows. There are no cracks or broken turquoise pieces. There is a slight, beautiful patina to the silver.

Consider this piece among the very finest example of original (1930's) Zuni, Petite Point. It is extraordinary in every way. The turquoise is gem. The condition is Excellent. Della Casa Appa is Legend. 

This Della Casa Appa  was entirely handmade (without the benefit of electricity) from coin silver.

There was no electricity in Zuni in the 1930's... not until the late 1950's / 1960's did electricity arrive in Zuni. Everything from cutting the gems to all the silver work and soldering was done by hand (without the benefit of modern electric tools.

Heating the silver hot enough to set each bezel but not so hot that the completed work on adjoining sections comes apart.  This was a time consuming exercise that required great skill, patience and experience.

Notice, the color image of Della... that entire page is from the August 1952 issue of Arizona Highways. The article was written by Edgar Ellington, Jr. Mr. Ellington introduces the page stating, "Outstanding examples of Zuni jewelry are shown in color photographs... the six photographs at the top of the page were taken by J.H. McGibbeny... they represent a considerable investment in money... are from the private collection of CG Wallace..."

Della is wearing a collection of her jewelry. The flowers on Squash Blossom Necklace she wears is almost identical to the flowers on this Bracelet and Ring.

Also, the design and execution of this bracelet is near identical to the Della Casa Appa necklace from the Wallace auction (Lot 1035). The catalogue states it was made in 1932. Please take the time to read Sotheby's description. The $1500 to $2000 price was Sotheby's estimated value of the necklace. I do not know what the actual hammer price was.

Please see all the images I've included here in which I compared details of this Bracelet to documented examples of other Della Casa Appa jewelry.

I can find no record of a Della Casa Appa hallmark. That is not unusual considering the period it was made.

The bracelet is for a 6 1/4" to a 6 1/2" wrist. It can be adjusted slightly larger or smaller for a perfect fit. We are happy to do that for you.

The ring is size is 6.  It can also be easily adjusted by any jeweler with a laser.

To put things in perspective. The quality of the lapidary seen in this Della Casa Appa compares favorably today with the work of greats like Charles Loloma, Preston and Jesse Monogye, Ray and Lee Yazzie, Boyd Tsosie and other greats like them... but without electicity.

One last thought, the reason vintage jewelry from legendary artists fetches a premium is not because it's old... everything gets old... no.  It's because of its Extraordinary workmanship and Beautiful, extinct turquoise.

Wear it, Enjoy it and Keep it in this Excellent Condition you'll probably profit when you decide to pass it on.

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