This particular piece is called “Joyful Smile”. I have the companion cuff.
There is also a companion cuff up for sale on eBay. They are asking
$390 O.B.O., which I think is a bit steep. Also there is one listed on
Etsy for $275 … more reasonable. The one in my posession will be
going up on eBay today, so there will actually be two listed (this doesn’t
happen often). These pieces are pretty rare, even though they were
produced in a batch. Judging by the texture on the back of these pieces,
they were sand casted and then inlayed with red sea corral and jet. You
will see a lot of people refering to the black stone inlay as onyx, but
Natives really never inlay with onyx. They use jet, which is a native
resource in their surroundings. One very neat aspect of these is
that the inlay makes them “metajewelry” (kind of like metafiction) …
the figure on the cuff is wearing a similarly inlayed cuff. These
pieces are definitely Art, definitely not Scrap.
Kathleen is Pueblo (specifically, Jemez Pueblo).