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. 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.