Amber and Pearl Necklace

Jovanna Poblano



The artist is one of a family of jewelers famous for innovation for three generations. Leo Poblano, her late grandfather, was renowned for non-traditional jewelry.

Her mother, Veronica, brother, Dylan, and she, were all included in a national museum exhibit highlighting cutting edge, contemporary Native jewelry of the southwest.

She is nationally celebrated and collected for her artful combinations of exquisite beadwork that make necklaces of unique style and impact, like this glowing beauty.

This piece artfully incorporates crystal, pearl, mother of pearl, and “bone” beads, with a large, beautiful, natural amber in the center of the pendant.

That gorgeous teardrop of natural amber is surrounded by a trio of precisely sewn, tiny beads: minuscule gold, mother of pearl squares, and teeny pearls alternating with wee golden domes.

The warm gold color and lustrous mother of pearl and pearls, are glamorous and decorative, beautifully bringing out the radiant warmth of the amber.

The graduated fringe of various beads, dangling from the pendant, adds a flirtatious, and deliciously feminine, touch.

The amber and surrounding beads are hand-sewn on a soft leather back.

Above, a cascade of little crystal beads connects the warm tones of the amber and the gold beads, with the creamy hue of the long, faux bone beads that go up to the top of the necklace.

These long creamy beads are reminiscent of the bone collars worn by Plains Indians in the past.

Each tapered cylinder of  “bone” is separated from the others by a small pearl, bringing the luster and the materials throughout the necklace.

As in all her necklaces, this carefully composed arrangement of shapes, textures, and colors adds up to high drama, even in only a single strand.

The amber, gold tones, and lustrous pearls give it a sun-kissed beauty.

It is wonderfully wearable, as well as splendid, happily pairing with knits, suits, dresses, blouses – even tees!

Casually luxurious and decorative, and guaranteed to attract the attention of the nicest kind, this is a special, hand made necklace that fits in beautifully with modern living.

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