na001095Regular price $440.00 Save $-440.00
Kewa Pueblo jeweler, Alexandria Coriz, made this ten strand, hand-rolled necklace. The beads include white shell, brown pen shell, natural red and orange coral, turquoise, jet, catlinite. It has a traditional wrap of waxed cord. More about hand-rolled beads below.
Size: 25" Long - Widest Bead is .24"
Hand-rolled beads are made by chipping out pieces of stone or shell. A hole is drilled into the center of each chip. The chips are strung on a wire and rolled, and rolled, and rolled until they are all the same width. Sometimes they are graduated – a difficult task! They are then polished until smooth. There are hand-rolled necklaces from Kewa Pueblo that are over a thousand years old. In the “old days”, the holes were drilled with a hand-pump drill, strung on handmade string, and rolled on sandstone. There is nothing quite like hand-rolled Kewa beads!