These dramatic dangle earrings by Santo Domingo artist Charlotte Reano feature a bold ring silhouette and beautifully crafted mosaic inlay pattern. Tiles of turquoise, jet, spiny oyster shell and abalone are precisely inlaid on a backing of natural shell. Reano’s family is renowned in the Native American art world for advancing the art of mosaic shell inlay, and these large-scale earrings are a statement-making example of a revered traditional form.
- Dangle earrings handcrafted by Charlotte Reano (Santo Domingo Pueblo)
- Sterling silver
- Blue turquoise, Acoma jet, orange spiny oyster shell and abalone shell on natural shell backing
- Shell mosaic inlay
- Shepherd’s hook ear wires
- Measures 3-1/4” long x 2-1/4” wide
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Charlotte Reano is a highly skilled artist from Santo Domingo Pueblo known for her very precisely crafted jewelry with beautiful colors and detail. The entire Reano family is renowned for creating beautiful mosaic inlay work on shell, and it is Charlotte’s older sister, Angie Reano Owen, who is credited with reviving the tradition of inlaid jewelry in Santo Domingo Pueblo.
Reano is inspired by colorful gemstones and the long tradition of mosaic inlay jewelry in Santo Domingo color. She 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.
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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