Zuni watch tips with hallmark FA?

I purchased this online from Jana (turquoisepueblo) and it’s a Zuni Turquoise Needle Point Sterling Watch for my mom. and I was wondering who “FA” artist is or if you have ever heard of this person. and they also wrote “zuni” out underneath that. I was also wondering if there is any differences in the “sterling” emblem usually on the back of jewelry and ones that dont have that emblem. which this one doesnt

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Just because your piece does not explicitly say “sterling,” that doesn’t mean it can’t be sterling silver. A lot of Native American pieces are sterling silver but were left unmarked. Yours appears to be sterling silver from the picture. If your want to confirm this, there are multiple at-home ways to check for sterling such as a magnet test, or an acid test.

Hope this helps, sorry but I don’t have any info on that maker. Cheers! -bree

I couldn’t find anything on the initials. One thing that is interesting about this piece is the style of the stone cut. I know of only a few Zuni artists that make that unique domed cut, Hugh Bowekaty, Eva Wyaco, Darryl Frambrough and Edith Tsabetsaye. The only reason I mention this is because Zuni families usually pass down the style of art. If you could find bios on any of these artists and find family member names, ones that started with F that might be the place to start.

Another avenue is to go back to turquoisepeublo. Most likely she buys from the same dealers over and over. So she might be able to trace where she purchased this and get a name that way. Good luck.