Josephine is known for her beautifully handmade heishi beads and has won awards to prove her excellence. Now, she is approaching 80, and while she doesn’t bring in work as often, what she does bring in is exceptional like this 10 strand Natural Kingman Turquoise and Baby Olive Shell Heishi necklace with matching earrings.
Heishi – disks or tubes of shell or stone – used to be laboriously drilled on hand made pump drills, which you twirled like a top, and polished between pieces of rough bark.
Now, dental drills can create minuscule beads that are machine-buffed to a satiny gleam and smoothness. But, there is still a pile of broken debris at the end, just like centuries ago.
For every strand of heishi that is made, the artist loses about 70% of the material, the remaining 30% is the finished product, which is what makes this form of artwork so time and labor-intensive.
Here, Josephine has masterfully carved ten strands of rich deep brown baby olive shell accented with small nuggets of natural Kingman Turquoise that she cut herself.
Sterling silver cones house the ten strands, which are strung just with baby olive shell for a few inches.
Matching earrings that are light-weight and easy to wear complete the set, and while they look amazing when worn together, both the necklace and the earrings can be worn separately or combined with other pieces in your collection!
Traditional style done by a master of the craft, this is a set you don’t want to miss out on!