Erma Arviso is a Navajo woman who strings turquoise and creates "antiqued" Sterling beads as perfect accompaniment to pendants with large bales.
This is a strand of machine-made Sterling beads which have been "antiqued" by Erma to give them a matte finish and an "old pawn" patina. This process entails oxidizing the loose beads, then rubbing them with fine steel wool to give them a brushed finish. After preparing the beads, they were strung on braided stainless steel wire for durability.
This strand of beads consists of round beads which are 10 millimeters in diameter.
Beads: round, 10 mm. diameter
Length of strand: 16"