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 string 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 5 millimeters in diameter.
Beads: round, 5 mm. diameter
Length of strand: 18"