Turquoise Tab Necklace by Janie Chavez

Turquoise Tab Necklace by Janie Chavez

£300.00

This gorgeous necklace comprises of twenty one hand drilled and polished ‘tab’ stones of Sleeping Beauty turquoise interspersed with hand cut traditional heishi beads of Kingman Arizona turquoise and sterling silver beads. This unique necklace is lovingly handmade by Janie Chavez of the Kewa Pueblo tribe in northern New Mexico, USA. The necklace has a sterling silver chain fastening for adjustable length to compliment any neckline. Maximum length 52.5cm.

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Turquoise tab necklace by Janie Chavez

This gorgeous necklace comprises of twenty one hand drilled and polished ‘tab’ stones of Sleeping Beauty Arizona turquoise interspersed with hand cut traditional heishi beads of Kingman Arizona turquoise and sterling silver beads. This unique necklace is lovingly handmade by Janie Chavez of the Kewa Pueblo tribe in northern New Mexico, USA. The necklace is finished with sterling silver cones. It fastens with a sterling silver chain fastening for adjustable length to compliment any neckline. Maximum length 52.5cm.

Sleeping Beauty turquoise is known for its purity and stability of colour. The Sleeping Beauty mine is now closed and so this beautiful stone is becoming more sought after and is rapidly increasing in value.

Beads:

Harvey Chavez expertly handcrafts beads in the traditional way of the Kewa Pueblo tribe in Northern New Mexico, USA. From tiny heishi, hishi 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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