Jennifer and Stephanie Medina Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Heishi Necklace with Inlay PendantItem No: 4193
Sisters Jennifer and Stephanie Medina of Santo Domingo Pueblo handcrafted this contemporary necklace drawing upon two traditional jewelry-making techniques. Each turquoise bead has been cut and formed by hand by the artists, carrying on the ancient Santo Domingo art of bead-making. The teardrop shaped pendant features a unique geometric design of mother of pearl and black jet created through the ancient mosaic inlay style. By taking an unexpected approach to inlay, the Medina’s have created a modern masterpiece that celebrates the Santo Domingo legacy of quality and craftsmanship in a unique, vibrant design.
- Necklace handcrafted by Jennifer and Stephanie Medina (Santo Domingo Pueblo)
- Sterling silver
- Sleeping Beauty turquoise, apple coral, jet, white clam shell
- Mosaic Inlay
- Hook and eye closure
- Necklace measures 19-1/4” long x 1/4” wide
- Pendant measures 1-1/4” long x 7/8” wide
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Jennifer Medina is a contemporary jewelry artist from Kewa (Santo Domingo) Pueblo. Her bold one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces feature innovative shapes and sculptural silhouettes. She often incorporates traditional Kewa pottery designs into her contemporary silver designs. Stephanie Medina of Kewa (Santo Domingo) Pueblo comes from a renowned family of jewelers. She learned jewelry-making from her mother, acclaimed artist, Rose Medina, who was known for her mosaic inlay jewelry. Stephanie Medina has built upon her mother’s inlay tradition, adding her own vision and contemporary touches. Medina’s jewelry has been featured in such prestigious shows as Heard Museum Indian Fair & Market, the Autry Museum Indian Market and the Eight Northern Pueblos Arts & Crafts Show. She signs her work with a protruding gemstone bead of turquoise or coral.
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.
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