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Inlay Maiden Dangle Earrings by Virgil and Shirley Benn

Inlay Maiden Dangle Earrings by Virgil and Shirley Benn

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Virgil and Shirley Benn are so skilled in handcrafting inlay jewelry that they're able to make pieces that look more realistic and life-like than many others. Virgil is from Zuni Pueblo and Shirley Benn is of Hopi/Tewa descent. Together, they make a wonderful team. Look at the detail in these special inlay maiden earrings by Virgil and Shirley Benn. How striking is her face! She looks a little bit different in each earring, but she's oh-so-pretty.

The dangle earrings are silver with turquoise, shell, coral and other stone. They dangle 2" x 3/4" and are etched with a signature on the reverse. Posts for pierced ears.

These earrings are from the private, personal collection of Santa Fe American Indian art dealer Martha Hopkins Struever. Marti Struever had a particular fondness for the work of Virgil and Shirley Benn because Shirley is the daughter of potter and jeweler Daisy Hooee Nampeyo. Marti had been working on a book about Daisy and her contribution to Zuni inlay jewelry during the time she was married to Leo Poblano.


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