Kewa Pueblo jeweler, Delbert Crespin, made this necklace from jet and Kingman turquoise dyed purple. The beads are rolled by hand and end in a hook and eye clasp. More about hand-rolled beads below.
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!