Kewa Pueblo Hand-rolled Bead Necklace
Kewa Pueblo Hand-rolled Bead Necklace
Kewa Pueblo Hand-rolled Bead Necklace
Kewa Pueblo Hand-rolled Bead Necklace

Kewa Pueblo Hand-rolled Bead Necklace

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We love this jet and gold lip mother of pearl necklace from Kewa Pueblo!  The jet beads are graduated and hand-rolled - a difficult task.  The white and gold "corn beads" in the front are made from gold lip mother of pearl, and you can see a bit of the gold.  The beads end in a sterling silver bead and hook and eye closure.  It would look good on anyone!  More about Kewa hand-rolled beads below.

Size:  19.5" Long

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!

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.