Multi-stone "overlay" pendant by Priscilla Nieto, Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico

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Multi-stone "overlay" pendant by Priscilla Nieto, Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico

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Multi-stone "overlay" pendant by Priscilla Nieto, Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico

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Multi-stone "overlay" pendant by Priscilla Nieto, Santo Domingo pueblo, New Mexico

Handmade in the "old-way" as Priscilla Nieto says, this unique multi-stone overlay pendant is indicative of the artistry and jewelry works of the early Native peoples of the great southwest. Multi-stone overlay is commonly referred to as the first Native jewelry with examples dating back to 1100 A.D.

Using very little silver {or metal of any kind} the early Native peoples of the southwest made adornments of multi-stone designs that were often featured on shells as the base.

The Nieto family of the Santo Domingo Pueblo are traditionalists and often use methods to create their modern artworks that have remained unchanged for centuries. Priscilla prefers a "hand-pump drill that has been in my family for many generations" and re-creates designs that are simple but complex.

Using a sterling silver bail for the chain this pendant measures approximately 2.5 inches long overall. The materials used to create this pendant are; Red catlinite, bone, black jet, green serpentine stone, turquoise and abalone shell all set on top of a solid green serpentine stone base.