Kewa Mosaic Handmade Stone and Shell Earrings
Kewa Mosaic Handmade Stone and Shell Earrings

Kewa Mosaic Handmade Stone and Shell Earrings

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Rena inlaid catlinite and soft green turquoise on clam shell backs to create these earrings.  They are deceptively light weight because the only silver used is to loop and wrap them for the sterling silver ear wires. 

Size: 2.25" L (includes ear wires) x .75" W

While they look very modern, this is an ancient way of Kewa people making jewelry.  They used to sit and grind the stones on sandstone to achieve the desired shape.  They used tree pitch as a glue to create the desired pattern on shell.  When electricity was installed at Kewa Pueblo in the mid 1900s, jewelers began using lapidary equipment to shape the stones. 

Many of the Pueblos in New Mexico took on Spanish names after colonization and are now taking back their original names.  Kewa Pueblo is the traditional name of the place and the people.  It was known as Santo Domingo Pueblo for many, many years.  More here: Kewa Pueblo