Turquoise Graduated Disc Necklace
Sterling Silver and Kingman Turquoise Graduated Disc Necklace by Artist Joe Pacheco. This necklace features hand cut Kingman Turquoise graduated disc beads with sterling silver cones and clasp. This necklace measures 24 inches.
Native American Artist: Joe Pacheco
Santo Domingo Pueblo artist Joe Pacheco began his jewelry making career working with his mother. In 1980 he started doing the style that has made him internationally known. Pacheco and his wife, Marilyn, carefully craft each of their necklaces from Kingman turquoise. It takes about a week to make one necklace. Each bead must be carefully shaped, tapered, and strung. They are separated by tiny shell heishi so the each turquoise wafer stands out. These necklaces are unique and will be a source of enjoyment for many years. Most artists do not make the wafer heishi anymore because of the difficulty and breakage rate.