Multi-strand heishi necklace
This classic multi-strand heishi necklace is expertly hand crafted by Eddie Chavez of the Kewa Pueblo tribe in northern New Mexico. Five strands of hand cut, drilled and polished fine heishi beads of Arizona turquoise, black jet, Minnesota pipestone, melon shell, dark green serpentine and white clam shell. The necklace is finished at both ends with stamped sterling silver caps, decorated with rainclouds and lightning, and a long chain fastening for adjustable length from 56cm to 90cm.
Eddie 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. The Chavez family 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.
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.