Joe and Terry Reano Melon Shell Mulit-Strand Necklace


Joe and Terry Reano Melon Shell and Turquoise Necklace
Joe and Terry Reano of the Santo Domingo Pueblo crafted this multi-strand necklace by hand-carving and hand-drilling each bead before giving a finishing touch by polishing them with buckskin. Melon shell comes from off the pacific coast and adds an intoxicating warmth with its creamy color, only to be luxuriously accented by a single turquoise bead.

15" length around the neck

The Santo Domingo Pueblo is located near the original Cerrillos turquoise mines, and the people have a distinguished history of jewelry making. Santo Domingo jewelry is prized by collectors for its clean, modern look, yet they use many techniques and styles similar to their Anasazi ancestors from a millennium ago. Authentic Santo Domingo jewelry is highly coveted, and Joe and Terry Reano are among the premier bead makes of Santo Domingo using only traditional methods. The Reano family itself is celebrated for producing fine bead work and mosaic inlay jewelry.

Melon Shell with Single Turquoise Bead Necklace
Joe and Terry Reano