Delbert Crespin is a Santo Domingo artist who makes classic banded stripe disk bead necklaces and also makes elaborate mosaic inlay necklaces. His inlay work is "primitive" and meant to be evocative of early Santo Domingo creations. Unlike Chris Nieto's inlay work, which shows the precision of German engineering, Delbert's inlay necklaces exhibit the ethos of yesteryear and look like anthropological artifacts on the day they are finished.
This necklace consists of a central pendant and two rectangular mosaic pieces strung on three strands of graduated jet heishi. The design motif of this necklace is what is known as the Anasazi Window (see the last photo in this gallery). Delbert used a variety of materials to create this design, with the actual windows made of jet framed by mother of pearl shell with a border of Kingman turquoise. Other materials used to make smaller stripes of mosaic tiles are apple coral, green serpentine, melon shell, lapis lazuli, white clam shell and sugilite. The mosaic work is done on a foundation of jet. A five-inch extension chain allows for adjustment of the length.
Pendant: 4 3/4" top to bottom; 1 3/4" wide
Rectangular mosaics: 3" x 1 5/8"
Length: 25" + Chain