Mosaic Hoop Pendant on CordCharlene Sanchez Reano
A virtuoso piece by a stellar artist who has won much recognition, both in awards and in reference books on Native jewelry, for her exceptional updating of ancient inlay tradition.
This truly original piece seems to channel both pre-history and the modern esthetic prominent in the Native art world today.
In the old days, chunks of stones and pretty shells were attached to larger shells with plant resin and other goop. Here, this historic form of adornment has been refined and transformed into a fascinating and fashionable pendant. No goop here; modern methods and techniques create a chic necklace that has an up-to-date yet archaic aura.
The smoothly gleaming shell hosts Charlene’s award-winning inlay of turquoise, multiple colors of spiny oyster shell, lapis, and various colors of mother-of-pearl, interspersed with jet, laid out beautifully throughout the rounded form in a series of basket-weave rectangles.
The seeming contradiction of forms is actually very harmonious, completing a very different and versatile look.
Truly a singular piece, by a much-collected artist!