In early May 2006 we had a most pleasant initial contact with James and Doris Coriz. This husband and wife duo from Santa Domingo Pueblo makes very traditional jewelry in the Santo Domingo style consisting of turquoise and shell prepared by hand. They use the best stabilized Kingman turquoise and carefully selected shells which yield products which are characterized by perfect execution made from superior materials.
This is a classic Santo Domingo single-strand tab necklace. The tabs, or "corn", are made from spiny oyster. The majority of the strand's length is made up of hand-turned stabilized Kingman turquoise disk beads. These turquoise beads are graduated in diameter. Above the turquoise disk beads, hand-turned disk beads of violet oyster and rice beads of red coral finish off the strand. The turquoise beads were cut from large rocks of rough Kingman turquoise, drilled and hand-turned to perfection. Strung on traditional beading string. An often-made style of necklace from Santo Domingo; this version with wholly handmade components is simply nicer.
Kingman turquoise disk beads: 3/16" to 3/8" diameter
Spiny oyster tabs: 3/4" long
Length: 16 3/4"