Kingman Turquoise and Fiber Wrap Necklace, unknown artist (#66)

24" length


Although we do not know who originally hand-turned these beads, we are fairly certain it was a Santa Domingo bead maker, circa the 1950s. The necklace was once a double set of jaclas (Navajo for earrings). Jaclas are nice and all, but their use is limited to hanging from the bottom of another necklace. To play second fiddle, as it were. We felt the natural Kingman turquoise was so attractive and well-made that we had Irene Livingston dismantle and restring the beads into a single-strand necklace. The end result is an extremely handsome neck piece that can be worn anytime, anywhere, to play first chair.