Heishi bracelet by Harvey & Janie Chavez

Heishi bracelet by Harvey & Janie Chavez

£50.00

This beautiful and unique heishi bracelet is made from hand cut, drilled and polished traditional heishi beads of vibrant Nacozari turquoise and melon shell, handmade by Harvey and Janie Chavez of the Kewa Pueblo tribe. The bracelet is accented with sterling silver beads and finished with a sterling silver clasp. Bracelet measures 17cm in length and fits a smallish female wrist.

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Heishi bracelet

This beautiful and unique melon shell and turquoise heishi bracelet is made from hand cut, drilled and polished traditional heishi beads of vibrant Nacozari turquoise and melon shell entirely handcrafted by Harvey and Janie Chavez of the Kewa Pueblo tribe in Northern New Mexico, USA. The heishi bracelet is accented with sterling silver beads and finished with a sterling silver clasp. Bracelet measures 17cm in length and fits a smallish female wrist.

Beads:

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.

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