Percy and Charlotte Reano Shark Tooth Design Shell Mosaic Inlay Gemstone Earrings

Item No: 1402

$ 255.00

  • These elegantly crafted shell mosaic inlay earrings embody a storied jewelry-making technique in the Southwest. Tiles of turquoise, jet, coral, spiny oyster shell and abalone are precisely inlaid on a backing of natural shell in a freeform triangle shape. These earrings are colorful, lively and fun to wear, while also celebrating the art and craftsmanship of Pueblo jewelry.

    • Drop earrings handcrafted by Charlotte and Percy Reano (Santo Domimgo Pueblo)
    • Sterling silver
    • Blue turquoise, jet, orange spiny oyster shell, red coral and abalone shell on natural shell backing
    • Shell mosaic inlay
    • Post and clutch backing
    • Earrings measure 1-3/8” long x 3/4” wide
    • Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity

    Handcrafted works of Native American art require special care. For more information about proper care and cleaning, please read our Care Guide.

  • Charlotte & Percy Reano are a husband and wife team of highly skilled jewelry artists from Santo Domingo Pueblo. Charlotte is most known for her very precisely crafted mosaic inlay and is a member of the famed Reano family who revived the tradition of inlaid jewelry in Santo Domingo. Percy is originally from San Felipe Pueblo and is most known for carrying on the ancient art of heishi, creating fine shell and gemstone heishi beads by hand. The pair often collaborates to make vivid one-of-a-kind inlay designs.
  • Many Native American artists are inspired by their rich cultural history and the traditions of art, dance, community and cuisine that have carefully been passed down for generations. From colorful shell bead work and mosaic inlay to Navajo weaving and Pueblo pottery, there are many art forms that are unique to the Pueblo people of New Mexico and tribes of the Southwest. Native American artists are inspired to preserve these traditional art forms, using them to tell stories of their history and culture while also preserving the high standards of craftsmanship that make their work distinctive, valuable and lasting.
  • 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.
  • 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, providing 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. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.
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