Straight out of history come these striking, dramatic dangles, by Mary Lovato.
Native American jewelry made from shells has existed in the Southwest for at least 1000 years.
Shells in the desert? Tribes have traded stones for seashells from the Gulf, and the Pacific, over established trade routes, for a millennium, at least.
Mary Lovato is well-known for her beautiful and beautifully made, mosaic inlay pieces.
Essentially traditional, and timeless, her work also has a modern allure.
The work involved is not much easier than it was in 1000: First, find the shell, then cut, grind, and polish each little bit of turquoise and coral.
Put them together on the natural shell, like a jigsaw puzzle, now using a long-lasting adhesive.
In these bright dangles, the artist inlaid the blue turquoise in squares, so it reminds one of the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde and Canyon de Chelly.
The rectangular openings in the center are filled with horizontal strips of apple coral, a little rougher looking than high-cost coral, but which looks appropriately ancient.
This center resembles the openings – doors and windows of the cliff dwellings, which were built by the artist’s ancestors.
Gleaming sterling silver frames the “door”, and separates the turquoise body from the coral mosaic at the top.
Wonderfully suited to our casual lifestyle, these earrings bring the past into the present – and the future.
You will wear these handsome earrings often, so they will amortize in no time.
Historic roots, award-winning workmanship, and flattering color and style add up to a special pair of earrings.