Joseph is a generous and welcome friend, as well as a teacher, and a highly respected and skilled jeweler
Self-taught, he evolved his signature Pueblo scene designs from activities in his village of Santo Domingo (Kewa).
His work has been awarded prizes at Santa Fe Indian Market and many other shows.
He is wonderfully accomplished in applique and overlay techniques, as you can see in this beautiful necklace.
Multi-storied adobe houses slumber peacefully under a starlit sky, with a gold full moon shining above.
A shooting star descends among the many, tiny applied stars, trailing a graceful tail behind.
Below the Pueblo, the hand of blessing and protection is seen, with a minuscule gold sun or moon, and one more wee star.
At the top, stamped in the plain silver area, are three cross-like shapes.
These symbolize the four corners of the earth, where the blessings and protection enjoyed by the Pueblo, are meant to be shared.
The entire form of the pendant is a stylized, abstract figure, and the head is a beautiful, vibrantly blue, natural turquoise – possibly Kingman.
Below the horizontally set turquoise, a dainty necklace of minute silver beads reinforces the figural symbol.
It seems as if a spirit is watching over the sleeping Pueblo, guarding it, and keeping it safe.
This lovely pendant is not the only wonderful feature of this remarkable necklace: it is attached to a graceful strand of expertly formed and graduated silver beads, with another natural turquoise on the clasp.
Everything is exquisitely fabricated by hand, and the turquoise allows the back view of the necklace to hint at the beauty in front.
With a graceful shape and charming design, this necklace is an example of Joseph’s work at his best – which is to say, pretty much perfect.