Lovely Vintage Zuni Native American Turquoise Inlay Silver Necklace

  • Tribe: Zuni
  • Condition: Excellent condition with NO damage to the inlay or the silver
  • Size: Great length which is nearly a choker at 18" from end to end with 3 Large disks. The largest is 2" in diameter with the two smaller ones being just over 1-1/2"
  • Artisan: Frank Vacit attributed
  • Materials: Turquoise, Mother of Pearl and Sterling Silver
  • Item Weight: Nice weight at 70 grams / 2-3/8 oz
  • Hallmark: Unmarked as is appropriate for the age


Historically significant vintage Native American handmade necklace featuring channel inlay made using rounded stones giving it some depth and dimension. More than a couple dealers attributed the piece to Lambert Homer when they saw it at the Marin Show in February where it was purchased. We believe that it also could have been made by Frank Vacit. In doing our analysis, it should be noted Frank Vacit was the Homer's brother in law. In addition they all lived close to one another and both worked for C.G. Wallace at the same time so it would not be unusual for both artists to influence one another. ( Hopi Bird and Sun Face in Zuni Jewelry by Sei) Our research consisted of our own knowledge, reviewing many books, asking dealers with long histories in this business, looking back at items that we have owned and internet searches. Our findings support strongly the attribution that this piece was made by Frank Vacit. We have seen open beak Hopi birds and pillowed inlay on SIGNED pieces as well as ones attributed to Frank Vacit. The disk style and design as well as the chain used on the necklace has been a common thread in necklaces known to have been made by Frank Vacit.