na001253Regular price $265.00 Save $-265.00
Navajo jeweler, Jan Mariano, made each of these sterling silver beads by hand, oxidized them to give them a vintage patina, and strung them on a chain. The clasp is a sterling silver hook and eye. Perfect for a dress up occasion or your most casual outfit!
Size: 16" L - Beads .25" W
Handmade Beads: Imagine a wooden or steel block with different sizes of domes in it, along with a variety of tools that fit exactly into those domes. A sheet of silver or gold is placed on top of the selected size. The matching tool is placed on top and hit hard to create the half dome shape in the metal. Each dome is then sawed out by hand, soldered together, and the edges are filed down and polished. If the beads are stamped, this is done on the metal before and the stamped piece has to be carefully placed so that the stamp work is symmetrically.