The pearlized Blacklip shell is inlaid with Kingman, Arizona Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli, Pipestone, Spiny Oyster, Melon and Mother-of-Pearl shell to create this serenely beautiful artifact. It measures 7 7/8" at the widest point and 6 1/4" in length.
Angie Reano Owen's work is in the collections of many significant museums, including the Wheelwright Museum of Santa Fe and the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. She has won countless awards at museum shows and Indian Markets, including many Best of Show at the Santa Fe Indian Market. Angie is credited with bringing back the Anasazi style of jewelry making that existed in the Southwest, circa 1200 AD, prior to the introduction of silversmithing. Known for the perfection of her work, all stones are meticulously inlaid in the prehistoric way on shell. A whole generation of young Native Americans were influenced by her art and philosophy to look to their tribal ancestors for inspiration rather than to techniques introduced to them by the Spanish Conquistadors.