Feather necklace by Harvey & Janie Chavez
This beautiful feather necklace is made from hand cut, drilled and polished beads of vibrant Arizona turquoise alternated with sterling silver beads and a large handmade silver feather. This necklace is entirely handcrafted by Harvey and Janie Chavez of the Kewa Pueblo tribe in Northern New Mexico, USA. The necklace tapers gently with the polished turquoise beads becoming smaller towards the ends. The necklace is finished with sterling silver beads, cones and chain for adjustable length – maximum 48cm. The feather pendant measures 5cm including the beads above.
Harvey Chavez makes exquisite feather jewellery. Each feather is entirely handmade, skilfully formed from sterling silver, each unique in size, shape and detail. Every line is individually stamped using a homemade stamp and each feather is carefully shaped, polished and signed. As well as feather necklaces Harvey and his wife Janie make feather bracelets, rings, feather earrings, feather pendants, brooches, hair clips and bolo ties.
Harvey Chavez expertly handcrafts beads in the traditional way of his tribe. From tiny heishi or heishe beads to fine wafer cuts, every stone is individually hand cut, drilled and polished from natural materials such as turquoise, coral, pipestone, black jet, serpentine or shell. This once wide spread traditional skill is practised by fewer and fewer members of the tribe with each passing generation. Harvey and Janie Chavez are committed to practising the techniques learned from their parents, grandparents and great grandparents. They have passed these skills to their children and grandchildren in the hope that this knowledge will survive into future generations.
Harvey’s finished beads are strung into infinite combinations by his wife Janie. Janie makes necklaces, bracelets and earrings from the hand cut beads and hand formed feathers made by her husband.
The Chavez family have been making jewellery for Rainmaker Gallery for over twenty five years. We are honoured to bring you the beautiful work of this talented family.