Torevia & her husband Delbert (BIO BELOW) are from the Santo Domingo Pueblo, here in NM & have taken the pueblos technique of stone & shell cutting into the 21st century, shedding new light to an ancient art form. Everything they do is completely done by hand & this whole piece is totally HAND CUT, including all the lapis.. There are three (3) strands of chunkier, very blue, Afghanistan Lapis, with goldish specks.. They are all smooth square shape with very rounded & beveled edges, which makes for comfort.. The color as you can see from photos is deep & rich & very blue!!! The center pendant, without adding the part that goes between the Lapis strands, measures 3″ long x 15/8″ wide. With the top of pendant addition, measures 43/8. The side panels have all the same shell/stones & measure 13/4″ x 1″. There are 3 strands of hand cut jet heishi on the back.. (See photo 9) The piece is is approx. Weighs 11.3 Ounces. The 8 tieable thick string closure is very identifiable to their work & I have never came across one, with sterling hardware closures.. (see photo 12)You can either wear as is, or if you are handy enough, put some sterling beads & hook & eye closure on yourself, or have your jeweler do it for you. This is a “ONE OF A KIND” & is not made by machine, so they cannot be duplicated & once this is gone, it is gone!! PLEASE READ “TERMS” BEFORE PURCHASING.. I try my best to present the item as accurately as possible, but due to the effects of photo lighting, camera settings or computer monitor settings, the actual color may vary slightly than pictured. Please read measurements since photos tend to make items appear larger than actually are.. Photographically colors may vary. You will be purchasing with your acknowledgement about computer photo color variation.. A little about Torevia & Delbert below: Torevia and her husband Delbert Crespin live at Santo Domingo Pueblo with their family. They are famous for their multi color necklaces and large inlaid pieces. Torevia’s brother Pula Calabaza was one of the first at Santo Domingo to start making this pattern of chokers. She is the youngest in that family. The materials used in their necklaces are: jet (black), pipestone (brown), Melo shell (white or orange), spiny oyster shell (dark orange or red) turquoise and anything green is usually serpentine or turquoise. Their parents are: Juan Calbasa/Mr. They have been doing this 25 yrs. !! Do to the handmade nature of bead work, all bead sizes are approximate. Santo Domingo’s do not use calipers – work is sized by eye. The item “CHUNKY Santo Domingo Delbert/Torevia Crespin Hand Made Lapis/Mosaic Necklace” is in sale since Monday, September 07, 2015. This item is in the category “Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Necklaces & Pendants”. The seller is “platamiamore” and is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Jewelry Type: Necklaces
- Metal: Sterling at closure
- Metal Purity: 925
- Main Stone: Lapis
- Country of Origin: New Mexico,USA
- Tribal Affiliation: Santo Domingo Pueblo
- Brand: Torevia & Delbert Crespin