This necklace by Charlene features a beautiful reversible mosaic inlay and lapis lazuli pendant. The double strand lapis lazuli necklace has a inlay tab and beads of spiny oyster, turquoise, mother of pearl and sugalite. The intricate and colorful mosaic components of this necklace creates wearable art that is a touchstone to the Southwest.
Charlene Reano often collaborates with her husband, Frank Reano, from Santo Domingo Pueblo. She was taught to inlay shell with mosaic motifs by her sister-in-law, Angie Reano Owen. The type of inlay work created by Charlene and her in-laws has a revered history dating back to their Anasazi ancestors. Stunning earrings and pendants have been unearthed from ancient dwellings--extraordinary pieces made by patient hands one thousand years ago.