Santo Domingo turquoise mosaic necklace by renowned artisan Angie Reano Owen. The necklace is composed of five shell tabs with turquoise mosaic in a herringbone paattern surrounding a center of blue Lapis. The center tab is 1 ¾” x 2”, with two 1 ¼” x 1 ¾” shell tabs on each side. The turquoise mosaic shell tabs are on 20” hand carved blue Lapis Lazuli beads. Ca: 1970
Angie Reano Owen (1946- ) was born and raised at Santo Domingo Pueblo. She learned the art of making jewelry from both her parents. Angie is known for her role in reviving the tradition of mosaic jewelry in the Santo Domingo Pueblo. In the 1970’s she became the first person at Santo Domingo to apply mosaic to a shell in the manner of her ancestors. Her work is collected worldwide, and she has become a favorite of collectors in Japan & Germany.