“Chino”, and “Acoma Pueblo”, usually refer to fine pottery, but here is a fine jeweler from Acoma Pueblo, named Tony Chino!
This ingenious pendant is meticulously hand fabricated in sterling silver, with a multitude of stones, and is as handsome as it is unusual.
A plump doughnut in form, it is good enough to eat but much better enjoyed when worn.
The center is a square hole, and one side presents an all-silver face to the world, with five, small, fluted half-beads standing up like meringue on a pie.
The other side showcases two, stabilized, green turquoise rectangles, flanked by two oval, natural garnets that glow like red wine.
Smaller, flattened and fluted, silver half-beads nestle between the stones, which are raised, in plain silver bezels.
Wait, there is even more! all around the rim of the pendant is series of inlaid stones: green turquoise to match the ones on top; divided by narrow bands of mother of pearl, deep green malachite, spiny oyster shell, red coral, jet, sugilite, and light blue turquoise.
When you hang this wonderfully different pendant on a chain, ribbon, or whatever, the inlaid rim will be visible, as well as both sides.
As you can see in this gorgeous little pendant, Tony is no minimalist, preferring a lavish amount of decoration and color.
His baroque sensibility is always tempered by a careful composition, often symmetrical, that keeps the piece grand and opulent, even in this small size.
A very pleasing visual balance is the result, despite the variety of materials.