Kewa - Santo Domingo Turquoise and Multi-stone Necklace with Huge Jacla. She also said my Mom refused to tell her what she paid for it, which means it was a lot! Fast forward, and we found this piece, along with others, hidden in a drawer preparing for my mother's estate before she passed away. In the drawer was a piece of paper that said Farrell Pacheco. I looked up his work and this is the only piece in that drawer that was even Santo Domingo.
I did find a picture of one that is very similar by him, for which won "Best of Division Award" at the 2018 Santa Fe Indian Market. Just look up an article titled Celebrating Imperfection.
Note: Testing of stones: It is obvious pink stones don't exist. I don't know what they are. I did test the stones using typical tests - especially the turquoise.I used a hot needle on all stones to see if there was any smoking, smell, or melting. I did the sound test to make sure they were all stone. I did the weight test. I compared the turquoise to that of a bracelet I have that to show the similarities in color and matrix. This piece weights in alignment with Turquoise and not a lighter substance like Howlite or resin.
I do believe the turquoise is treated, giving it its shine. This is meant to be a show piece in every way. The necklace is 24" to the top of the Jacla PLUS another 7" of Jacla below that.The turquoise is definitely stabilized. I did a hot needle test and it didn't penetrate the stone, nor was there any smell, which would have indicated block turquoise. I definitely see Lapis Lazuli, Howlite, maybe block coral, Spiny Oyster, maybe sugilite, but I don't recognize the others. I can send more close-ups and comparisons with other turquoise if you wish to see more. This is a show piece that hangs beautifully.
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Please consider the pictures, therefore, 90% of the description. We try to take photos that are as true to the actual color as we can possibly get. But, keep in mind, every monitor shows colors differently. We attempt to depict any defects in the description. However, the pictures are to be considered the majority of the description.I identify stones to the best of my ability. Turquoise may or may not be treated.
If I know it is block turquoise, coral, or opal, I will state so. I can only base it on why my Dad taught me when he repaired jewelry. I test stones using the hot needle test and if silver isn't marked sterling or 925, I will test using magnet and ice. We do our best to document our items accurately. The only reason we will accept a return is if we misrepresent an item by accident.This is our #1 priority. If there is a hallmark, I will do my best to identify the artist. The item "Santo Domingo Turquoise Necklace, Multi-Stone Kewa Heishi Jacla Necklace" is in sale since Thursday, December 19, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\1935-Now\Jewelry".
The seller is "lcbergh" and is located in Florence, Oregon. This item can be shipped to United States.