Here's a lovely contemporary inlaid Santo Domingo necklace that was obtained directly from the artist, Chris Nieto of Santo Domingo Pueblo. This lovely mosaic inlaid pendant is inlaid on all four sides with turquoise and all types of semi-precious stones & shells. The back is inlaid with serpentine. The big round bale is also inlaid. The inlay work is so meticulously cut and polished that it seems to be made from only one piece of stone. The pendant measures 3-1/4 long, including the bale, 1-3/8 wide at its widest point, and is 1/4 thick. The 18 necklace is made from hand-made jet & apple coral beads. Chris has etched his initials CTN on the back along with SDP for Santo Domingo Pueblo. As with all Chris's work, this is a one of a kind beautiful piece.
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Christopher Nieto is a young artist from Santo Domingo Pueblo who has excelled beyond his years in terms of the exacting precision of his traditional necklaces, both in terms of design and execution of the component parts of his pieces. All of his beads are handmade and his mosaic inlay work is second to none in its quality of craftsmanship.
I purchased this piece directly from the artist, Christopher Thomas Nieto, at an Indian Arts and Crafts Association (IACA) wholesale market. His work is increasingly sought after and in May 2006 he won first prize for his necklace entry at the IACA Show in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was also a second place Artist of the Year winner in jewelry for his necklace entry in 2007 and a third place Artist of the Year winner in jewelry for his bracelet & pendant entry in 2009