Joe Pacheco Turquoise Heishi Wafer Necklace

Turquoise Wafer Necklace handmade by Santo Domingo Pueblo artist Joe Pacheco. The graduated disc beads are carefully carved by hand and strung on deer skin, separated by heishi beads. The necklace measures 27″ inches long.

Joe Pacheco began his jewelry-making career working with his mother. In 1980 he started doing the style that has made him internationally known. Pacheco and his wife, Marilyn, carefully craft each of their necklaces by hand, taking up to a week to create one piece.