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 sea shells 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. She relies on tradition, but her work is essentially timeless and even has a modern allure.
These lovely dangles are direct descendants of ancient jewelry, but much more refined and wearable.
The work involved is not much easier than it was in 1000: First find the shell, – in this case, two that match – then cut, grind, and polish each little bit of turquoise.
Put them together on the natural shell, like a jigsaw puzzle, but be sure to use a long-lasting adhesive.
That is easier than back then since we have access to super-glues, but- be sure of your placement before you glue it forever!
In these beautiful earrings, Mary also inlaid one circle of deep purple, natural spiny oyster shell – a prized material for centuries.
She also encircled the purple with a thin border of sparkling silver, for a little pop of glitter.
Wonderfully suited to our casual lifestyles, these earrings will amortize in no time since you will wear them so often.
Terrific in every way, the lovely variety of turquoise hues adds up to super-flattering color for all skin and hair types.
Historic roots, award-winning workmanship, and flattering color and style add up to a collector’s dream.