The dramatic contrast between the glossy black jet and bright blue turquoise is given an extra spark with accents of lapis lazuli, coral and spiny oyster in a mosaic pattern overlay backed on shell. Dangling weightlessly, they are the perfect accessory to any outfit.
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. Charlene also studied art at Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico. She has won numerous awards at the Southwestern Indian Arts Market in Santa Fe.
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.
Charlene says, "My inspiration stems from the jewelry worn during the traditional dances. I take pride in my work and strive to continue to grow in my designs and within my own spirit."
Charlene's intricate work has been recognized with ribbons and awards at Eight Northern Pueblo and the prestigious Southwestern Indian Arts Market in Santa Fe.
Charlene is photographed with her husband, Frank Reano.