Kewa Mosaic Inlay Earrings
Kewa Mosaic Inlay Earrings

Kewa Mosaic Inlay Earrings

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Don't you just love bright blue turquoise...especially when the black jet sets it off so well?  These earrings by Kewa Pueblo jeweler, Lupita Calabaza, have inlaid bright blue turquoise with brass colored matrix set on jet.  Lupita strung them on sterling silver wires.  The good thing about jet is that it is lighter in weight than silver, so these are lighter than they would be than if they were set in silver.

Size: 2" H x .5" 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.