Our collection of Native American Indian turquoise jewelry and Zuñi coral earrings embrace the full range of sizes and prices. The number of Zuñi and Native American Indian jewelers who make earrings is incredibly large. Almost all families living in the pueblo have a work station, either in their home or in an outbuilding where they carry on the tradition of making earrings. They supply all of the trading posts in Zuñi, Gallup and other nearby locations, where wholesalers travel to purchase Zuñi earrings and Native American Indian turquoise and coral jewelry. Itinerant traders are those who purchase directly from the jewelers at their home and distribute Zuñi earrings to a much wider area of the country.
Those who make the smaller sizes, usually called ‘studs’, will make large quantities at one time – as many as 100-200 pairs. Most of the Zuñi earring makers have standing orders which keeps them busy at all times. The demand for quality Zuñi earrings and Native American Indian turquoise and coral jewelry is insatiable. New designs evolve and older ones continue to be requested. Established older earring makers continue to produce. Their children and younger relatives are bringing a new generation to the market.