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Lester Abeyta Blue Turquoise Bead Necklace


Item Number: DR 1624
Pueblo: Kewa Santo Domingo Pueblo
Artist: Lester Abeyta
Medium: Turquoise and sterling silver
Age: 2021
Dimensions: 22” in length



This is a most unusual necklace of individually tumbled pieces of turquoise. Each of the hand-hewn spheres of beautiful bright blue turquoise feature a rich contrasting deep brown matrix throughout the stone. The center bead is larger than the rest. It is a little over ¾” of an inch in diameter, while the remaining beads are approximately ½” in diameter. Handmade from rough rock, these “gumballs” of turquoise are shaped with a grinder, then tumbled to a polished finish in a rock tumbler. Finally, they are drilled for stringing. The ends of the necklace terminate with a single sterling silver bead with traditional cones and clasp.

This unusual necklace is just perfect for everyday wear or a special event.

Condition: Excellent – original condition – new.
Provenance: Acquired from Lester through Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.