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Nancy and Ruddell Laconsello | Zuni

The world famous Zuni husband and wife team of Nancy and Ruddell Laconsello have been making jewelry together since they were married in 1976.

Nancy comes from a ZUNI family of silversmiths who are considered some of the most elite Zuni artists of all time! Her father was Jack Haloo (d) and her sister is Dolly Banteah.

Their inlay style, sometimes referred to as overlay with inlaid settings, involves a technique similar to the overlay process in that designs are cut out of one sheet of silver, which is soldered to another. Stones are set into the open areas to form the colorful inlay designs.

Nancy does all of the inlay work; Ruddell crafts the silver work, polishing and the etching of the fine lines that give the inlaid materials added definition.