Lupe Lovato is a Santo Domingo Pueblo jeweler who is best-known for his gorgeous necklaces of handmade beads. We have been offering his pieces at Chacodog.com since 2002. His beads are well-known for their smooth transition in size.
These are hand-turned beads of stabilized Kingman turquoise strung on beadalon (nylon-sleeved braided stainless steel wire). These are "fat" beads with a larger diameter than most disk beads. Five thick graduated tabs of red spiny oyster "corn" highlight the center of the strand. This is a perfectly graduated, smooth strand of masterfully made beads in a gorgeous shade of blue which is mottled by matrix.
Kingman beads: 3/16" to 1/2" diameter
Spiny oyster tabs: 3/4" to 1" long; 1/8" to 3/16" thick
Length: 20" + tabs