This necklace was made by Angie Crespin, one of the treasures of Kewa Pueblo in New Mexico. Cut and polished red spiny oyster "corn" beads are the centerpiece of these hand-rolled Kingman turquoise beads which end with a silver bead on each side and a sterling silver hook and eye clasp. The pieces of stone are chipped out of the larger stone, a hole is drilled through each piece, strung on a wire and rolled.
Size: 20" in length
Angie Crespin and her husband, Richard Aguilar, have been making traditional Kewa Pueblo jewelry for over 40 years. Their work is such high quality that it is in the Smithsonian and Heard Museums.
Many of the Pueblos in New Mexico took on Spanish names after colonization and are now taking back their original names. Kewa Pueblo is the traditional name of the place and the people. It was known as Santo Domingo Pueblo for many, many years.