Eight Strand Turquoise Necklace
Sterling Silver and 1960s Kingman Turquoise Eight Strand Necklace by Wayne Aguilar. This fascinating necklace features three oval turquoise stones that have silver bead bezels. One serves as the focal point of the necklace (1.5″ x 2″) which is supported by a silver stamped design element at the center front. The other two matching oval stones are mounted on the rectangular silver stations that are used to organize the eight strands of stone beads. The necklace measures 19.5″ and has silver cones with a hook and eye closure.
Native American Artist: Wayne Aguilar
A native of the Santo Domingo Pueblo, Wayne Aguilar grew up watching his parents, renowned silversmiths Earnestine and Tony Aguilar working with brass, silver, coral and turquoise. Aguilar attributes his talent for unique designs and quality craftsmanship to the influence of his parents and to his Native American heritage.
I am blessed and successful because of my parents’ guidance,” says Aguilar.
Aguilar purchases rough stones from traders and miners, which he polishes and shapes. Working with sterling silver, he then designs and incorporates each stone into beautiful pendants, necklaces and bracelets. His trademark is to add one stone or bead of contrasting color on each side of a necklace or pendant.
The art of tradition passed down through generations from father to son, mother to daughter, keep alive the Native American treasures we enjoy today. In keeping with this multi generational flow is the craftsmanship of Wayne Aguilar. Deeply rooted in his spiritual and artistic heritage Wayne first began honing his craft at the age of 10 under the guidance of his parents Tony Sr and Earnestine Aguilar. Well known for their fine jewelry making techniques Wayne’s parents never pushed their son, rather gently tutored and mentored him. Raised at the Santo Domingo Pueblo, Wayne learned the spiritual path of the Kiva Culture which strongly influences his jewelry.