Frank Ortiz is, in fact, from San Felipe Pueblo. But San Felipe does not really have a jewelry making tradition, so most of its jewelers have learned the craft through intermarriage or friendship with residents of Santo Domingo Pueblo. San Felipe Pueblo jewelry, therefore, is almost always made in the style of Santo Domingo Pueblo jewelry and such is the case with the work of Frank Ortiz.
These red coral fine-diameter heishi earrings symbolize the tassels on a corn plant (see photo above). Happily, Frank has taken artistic license to fill these out and make them "richer" than actual corn tassels in creating this homage. Each earring, in fact, has ten separate 1 3/8" wisps of fine-diameter Kingman turquoise heishi dangling from the Sterling cones. Tiny Sterling beads are incorporated in each strand and look like dewdrops. Free-swinging on Sterling hooks.
Jet heishi: 3/32" diameter
Total hang: 3 3/8"