Kevin Garcia of Santo Domingo Pueblo has begun making hand-turned melon shell heishi of a quality that is seldom seen these days. We're extremely impressed with the quality of the shell itself and his painstaking work to make fine handmade beads.
This is a classic banded stripe necklace of graduated heishi consisting mostly of creamy melon shell with Kingman turquoise and apple coral beads making banded stripes. A single bead of pipestone near the catch functions as a "spirit bead" symbolizing the imperfection of man's creations.
Beads: 1/8" to 3/8" diameter