This IMPORTANT vintage Native American hand made turquoise, coral, and Sterling silver pin was created by famed Zuni Pueblo artist, Dan Simplicio, and helps to cement his reputation as one of the greatest Zuni artists of all time. Simplicio, who is credited as the first Native American artist to set branch coral in jewelry, includes a large piece of red coral flanked by two blue turquoise stones, and stylized leaves of silver. Stamped silver drops and wires are attached to a hand cut silver backing. Dan Simplicio (1917 - 1969; Zuni.) One of the most innovative and wide-ranging Zuni artists, Simplicio was the first to develop styles and materials usage that have since become commonplace. He collaborated with a number of the most widely recognized masters of Zuni art, including Leekya Deyuse, Teddie Weahkee, Leo Poblano, Bernard Homer, and Lee Edaakie. Early in his career, Simplicio worked at C. G. Wallace's Zuni trading post, grinding and setting stones. Wallace collected his work; and, when his collection was auctioned at Sotheby's in 1975, it included more than 50 pieces by Simplicio. Simplicio's jewelry has a highly individual look, resulting from its distinctive use of deep red branch coral with intense blue turquoise. Silver leaf work and stamped drops add texture and detail, creating a delicate counterpoint to the heavier turquoise and branch coral. Be sure to keep your eyes open for more of our Dan Simplicio Collection.