1940's Vintage Santo Domingo Inlay Spiny Oyster & Turquoise Shell Mosaic Necklace***
The Shell Mosaic is a trademark style of Santo Domingo jewelry, drawing on a tradition dating back many centuries. Many modern Pueblo artists consciously styled their inlaid jewelry after styles and patterns unearthed by archaeological research, found in rock art or on display in museums. Shell was used as an adornment by the Ancestral Puebloan people long before the introduction of silver by the Europeans. Shells with inlaid stone have been found at prehistoric sites across the Southwest. Shells were traded with tribes in closer proximity to the sea since they were considered a valuable trade item. Necklaces such as this one have been made for hundreds of years. On this necklace, the shell displays tiled, inlaid squares of Turquoise on the top, irradiating Spiny Oyster from the bottom with a slim trail of Jet and Shell is sandwiched between the two in the middle. The shell hangs from a multi-layered string of turquoise heishi beads with the necklace's clasps bookended by 2-toned triangular tips following shell's color motif.
Hanging Length: 12" 1/2 in.
Height of Shell: 3" 3/8 in.
Width of Shell: 3" 2/8 in.
Total length of necklace: 19" in.