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.
Kevin makes these necklaces in a variety of weights. This is a bit heavier with larger-diameter beads than his version at $95.00. 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: 3/16" to 1/2" diameter