Choker Necklace Melon Shell with Inlay Pendant
By Charlene and Frank Reano
Charlene Sanchez Reano is from San Felipe and married into Santo Domingo Pueblo. She and her husband Frank collaborate on most of their jewelry.
The Reanos use a combination of traditional and contemporary materials and design elements. Most of the materials they use have been used by generations of Pueblo people for adornment. Charlene is known for her distinctive style of two-sided necklaces. Each side is laid with mosaic in differing stones and colors. Her necklaces often display a single cube or “chicklet” among the beads supporting the mosaic inlay elements.