Mosaic Inlay Jewelry

Mosaic Inlay

Mosaic inlay jewelry is a signature style of Santo Domingo jewelers. Artists create mosaic inlay by attaching tiny gemstone tiles to a shell or gemstone base, forming colorful and unique patterns. The technique can be traced back to early forms of jewelry unearthed at Ancestral Puebloan (formerly referred to as 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 inlay 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.

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