Handcrafted by Santo Domingo artists Percy and Charlotte Reano, these elegantly crafted shell mosaic inlay earrings embody a storied jewelry-making technique in the Southwest. Tiles of black jet, turquoise, red coral and white clam shell have been precisely inlaid on a backing of natural shell in a versatile square shape. These button earrings are colorful, lively and fun to wear while also celebrating the art and craftsmanship of Santo Domingo Pueblo jewelry.
- Dangle earrings handcrafted by Percy & Charlotte Reano (Santo Domingo Pueblo)
- Sterling silver
- Blue turquoise, Acoma jet, white clam shell and red coral on natural shell backing
- Shell mosaic inlay
- Stainless steel post and clutch closure
- Earrings measure 1/2” long x 1/2” wide
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Charlotte & Percy Reano are a husband and wife team of highly skilled jewelry artists from Santo Domingo Pueblo. Charlotte is most known for her very precisely crafted mosaic inlay and is a member of the famed Reano family who revived the tradition of inlaid jewelry in Santo Domingo. Percy is originally from San Felipe Pueblo and is most known for carrying on the ancient art of heishi, creating fine shell and gemstone heishi beads by hand. The pair often collaborates to make vivid one-of-a-kind inlay designs.
Percy & Charlotte Reano is inspired by colorful gemstones and the long tradition of mosaic inlay jewelry in Santo Domingo. Charlotte learned the difficult technique from her family and older sister, Angie Reano Owen, and in her work she carries on the family tradition of handcrafting magnificent mosaic inlay jewelry on shell. Together they are known for the precision of their gemstone cutting and the fineness of their mosaic inlay designs.
Shell mosaic inlay jewelry is a signature style of Santo Domingo jewelers. Artists create shell mosaic inlay by attaching tiny gemstone tiles to a shell base, forming colorful and unique patterns. The technique can be traced back to early forms of jewelry unearthed at Anasazi sites throughout the Southwest, and many artists model their inlay designs after these early artifacts. Angie Reano Owen is credited with reviving the tradition of inlaid jewelry in Santo Domingo Pueblo in the 1970s, and today Santo Domingo mosaic inlay is one of the jewelry styles most sought after by collectors of Native American art.Read our Native American Jewelry Collector's Guide.
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