Kewa Mosaic Leaf Earrings
Kewa Mosaic Leaf Earrings

Kewa Mosaic Leaf Earrings

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Kewa Pueblo jeweler, Timothy Bailon, made these mosaic inlay earrings.  The inlaid sterling silver down the center reminds us of a stalk, with the inlaid green turquoise the leaves.  They are inlaid on the backs of jet.  Timothy is known for his mosaic inlay which depict natural elements.  They dangle from sterling silver wires.

Size: 1.75" H x .675" W

Mosaic Inlay Jewelers from Kewa Pueblo have been creating mosaic inlay jewelry for over a thousand years.  Some of the ancient Kewa jewelry can seem quite modern in their designs.  The stones, and/or shell, are cut into shapes which are then put together like a puzzle on a backing.  The backing can be shell, jet, or other materials like records or sheets of plastic which was done during times when materials were hard to come by.  Prior to colonization and the use of metals in Native American jewelry making, the earrings were hung on handmade string.