A fabulous mother-of-pearl Bear
(or polar bear) pendant necklace is by Andres Quandelacy. Either side of this outstanding wearable fetish has an inlaid turquoise heartline and eyes. A beautifully carved "naja" or crescent shape on the bear pendant is a design the Quandelacy family is known for. They carve this naja right into the shell's center, instead of attaching a metal bale. This style was started by Johnny Quam (d) and continued by his daughter Ellen Quandelacy (d) and right down the family line. Strung with beads such as happy turquoise, vibrant lapis lazuli and spiny oyster shell, Andres' gorgeous and reversible necklace is about 22" long and his sterling silver signature label is attached. The lovely bear itself is 1 5/8" from nose to tail and is 1/2" thick. It's about 1 1/2" long including the naja.