Irene Lovato is the daughter of noted necklace maker Alice Lovato and sister of necklace maker Lupe Lovato. Most of her pieces are multi-strand and their magic is that they are rich with beads and have perfect sway. She almost always braids her beading strings to make a traditional finish which can be tied off at various lengths.
This four strand necklace is strung with clear blue Kingman turquoise baby flat nuggets in combination with orange spiny oyster. Fine-diameter baby olive shell heishi is strung as spacer beads between the turquoise and spiny oyster and this lends a suppleness to the strands and aids in their silky, fluid movement. The necklace is finished with Sterling cones at the catch.
Kingman turquoise & spiny oyster beads: 1/4" to 3/8" diameter