Patriarch Domingo & Marcelina & grand daughter Geri, were Santo Domingo family members who together traveled many a mile in order to get the supplies needed for their jewelry. Whether they were going to Cerrillos, Kingman, AZ, for their turquoise or to the mountains to gather Elk Bones, that Domingo had a preference for, when it came to his jewelry. No, there was no 3rd. With these supplies, he would then "HAND-SAW" & "HAND DRILL" all the pieces, then grind, polish.. These things were so time consuming, but that didn't take them away from their love of the family, where they taught their children good, strong work ethic & "To never give up" & always motivating their children to do their best, at what ever they do in life.Marcelina was the sister of a well known artist, that some of you may be familiar with & unfortunately is no longer with us"AVA CORIZ". Unfortunately, they are no longer with us, but It is fortunate for us, that they left us jewelry that is now considered"Old School" (and the "REAL DEAL") , with so much from the Pueblo, not having the hand work, as you found in Domingo's & Marcelina's precious work. It is designed in a eye-catching panel layout, with the colors being placed perfectly, showing the ivory color Elk bone, the horizontally placed black jet & hand pounded blue turquoise chunks, very evenly in an artistic layout.
With everything literally done with the power of the hand, the one thing you will notice, is all the work marks, that validate the hand work. This was the beauty of these older Santo Domingo pieces, when time was spent cutting & drilling each & every piece, to create these pieces of art.. This is real'lapidary' work! It has 17 mosaic panels that range in the 2-1/2" long x the 3/4" wide range.What I find impressive is how they made the "Bale" that the clam shell heishi is strung through! (Please see all photos)Below the bale, the mosaic layout extends itself approximately down the bone, to around 1-1/4.. You can see where they grinded, sanded, cut all the panels. The turquoise is held in with an epoxy. The light colored clam shell that the 4mm range heishi beads are made from, are all 1st. Hand gridded, then cut & then strung with piano wire & then rounded by hand with a machine to make them rounded & smooth... They vary in depth size, which also helps to validate the hand work.
This is true "Pueblo" jewelry, with the type of work, you just don't see as much any more & has become so fashionable, with modern day people seeking these types of pieces out, more & more! On the 2nd panel on the right side, the epoxy fell out that surrounds the turquoise.. The turquoise, however, is still there. (see picture 4 & 6) Personally, one would not see it, unless they look at each panel closely. Ou find the item is not as great as I think it is, it does not mean the item is'not as described'..
As always, feel free to ask any questions needed, before purchasing!! The item "KeWa MARCELINA CHAMA/DOMINGO MOQUINO 1970's Turquoise/Bone/Heishi Panel Necklace" is in sale since Monday, June 13, 2016. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\1935-Now\Jewelry". The seller is "platadesantafejewelry" and is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.This item can be shipped to United States.