Kewa Mosaic Earrings
Kewa Mosaic Earrings

Kewa Mosaic Earrings

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Kewa jeweler, Martin Aguilar, made these turquoise, apple coral and mint green turquoise earrings.  They are inlaid onto the backs of clam shell.  The abalone shimmers in pink, lavender and green.  They dangle from sterling silver wires.  They feel like a mix between the ocean and the forest.

Size: 2" H x 1" W

Mosaic Inlay Jewelers from Kewa Pueblo have been creating mosaic inlay jewelry for over a thousand years.  Some of the ancient Kewa jewelry can seem quite modern in their designs.  The stones, and/or shell, are cut into shapes which are then put together like a puzzle on a backing.  The backing can be shell, jet, or other materials like records or sheets of plastic which was used during times when materials were hard to come by.  Prior to colonization and the use of metals in Native American jewelry making, the earrings were hung on handmade string.

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.