These colorful drop earrings were handcrafted by Santo Domingo artists Percy and Charlotte Reano and features a feather design created through mosaic inlay. Small tiles of turquoise and black jet have been inlaid on a natural shell backing, creating a sophisticated geometric pattern. The feather is a powerful symbol in Native American cultures and paired with the ancient jewelry technique of mosaic inlay, it becomes a distinctive and lasting jewelry design.
- Dangle earrings handcrafted by Percy & Charlotte Reano (Santo Domingo Pueblo)
- Sterling silver
- Blue turquoise and Acoma jet on natural shell backing
- Shell mosaic inlay
- Stainless steel post and clutch closure
- Earrings measure 1-3/4” long x 5/8” wide
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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About the Artist
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.
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.
Our Guarantee of Authenticity
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.