Handcrafted by acclaimed Santo Domingo jeweler Ellouise Padilla, these button earrings beautifully pair an ancient jewelry-making technique with modern design. The turquoise and jet pair perfectly giving these earrings and bold yet elegant look. Each gemstone has be cut by the hands of the artist and carefully inlaid to form a unique pattern. This technique carries on the Santo Domingo legacy of mosaic design jewelry. A contemporary update to a traditional jewelry style, these versatile button earrings will complement both casual and formal wear.
- Earrings handcrafted by Ellouise Padilla (Santo Domingo Pueblo)
- Sterling silver
- Turquoise and Jet
- Mosaic inlay
- Post and clutch closure
- Earrings measure 3/4” long x 5/8” wide
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Ellouise Padilla is an acclaimed jewelry maker from Santo Domingo Pueblo, known for her one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces and couture interpretation of the ancient art of heishi. She learned jewelry-making from her parents, Don and Nancy Crespin, both renowned artists themselves. The Crespins taught their five children the incredibly labor-intensive process of making heishi beads by hand, and Padilla and her family take pride in carrying on a revered art. Padilla’s one-of-a-kind reversible pendant necklaces are one of her signature jewelry styles, collected around the world for their versatility and feminine style. See Featured Artist Page
Many Native American jewelry artists working today are inspired by the interplay between traditional and contemporary styles. In their work they feel it is important to honor their history, heritage and culture, including the art forms and techniques passed down through generations of Pueblo families. By mixing and matching techniques, materials and themes that are contemporary and traditional, they create inspiring work that has made the modern Native American art world extremely vibrant.
Mosaic inlay jewelry is a signature style of Santo Domingo jewelers. Artists create 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.
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. 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 work directly with artists or partner with trusted wholesalers who can provide documentation that their artists and artisans are of Native American heritage. 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. Every work of handcrafted art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by an artist or buyer. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, we stand behind the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have developed lasting relationships with artists, dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.