This contemporary inlay ring by Charlene and Frank Reano of San Felipe and Santo Domingo features turquoise, coral, and melon shell set in sterling silver.
Charlene and Frank are known for their innovative designs, perfecting the ancient art of mosaic inlay and bringing it into a new dimension in today's contemporary world.
- Ring handcrafted by Charlene and Frank Reano (Santo Domingo Pueblo)
- Sterling silver
- channel inlay
- Ring measures 3/8” wide
- Size 10
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Charlene Reano of San Felipe Pueblo is married to Frank Reano of Santo Domingo Pueblo. They are well-known for creating inlaid earrings and bracelets, and necklaces that have the appearance of intricate, colorful tiles – a mosaic of rich colors and patterns.
The type of inlay work created by the Reanos have a revered history dating back to their Ancestral Puebloan (formerly referred to as Anasazi) ancestors. Stunning earrings and pendants have been unearthed from ancient dwellings – extraordinary pieces made by patient hands a thousand years ago.
Charlene says, "My inspiration stems from the jewelry worn during the traditional dances. I take pride in my work, and strive to continue to grow in my designs, and within my own spirit."
Charlene's intricate work has been recognized with ribbons and awards at Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Arts and Craft Show, and the prestigious Santa Fe Indian Market.
Channel inlay is a distinctive jewelry technique closely associated with Native American people of the Southwest, particularly Zuni jewelers. When creating channel inlay jewelry, artists set precisely cut gemstones into pre-formed silver channels. The technique allows artists to use colorful combinations of gemstones in complex and creative patterns.
Channel inlay requires masterful silversmithing and lapidary skills, and is utilized by Native American jewelers to create magnificent jewelry pieces recognized for their craftsmanship and beauty as art.
Jewelry has been made and worn in the Southwest since prehistoric times. For thousands of years Native Southwestern people made mosaic inlay and beads of turquoise, shell, bone, or stone. Metal arrived with the Spanish. Native Americans acquired metal ornaments through trade, but it was not until the middle of the 19th century that Navajo and Zuni artisans learned the craft from Mexican blacksmiths and silversmiths. Their early silver jewelry creations were plain, with simple engraved, stamped, or punched designs. Turquoise was first used in silver around 1880.
By the turn of the 20th century, silversmithing was widespread across the Southwest, and Native artists were making more sophisticated pieces like concho belts, and squash blossom and naja necklaces. The Navajo soon became known for their use of silver, emphasizing silver-heavy designs with only a few gemstones, while the Zuni focused on stone work, featuring finely cut clusters of gems in complex patterns. The Hopi and Pueblo tribes also developed distinctive jewelry styles in the early 1900s. Today, silver jewelry is an iconic image of the Southwest. Today, Native American artists draw upon both traditional and contemporary influences, and their shell, gemstone, and silver jewelry is prized and collected by people around the world.Read our Native American Jewelry Collector's Guide.
At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, and to provide a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes, and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft.
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