Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Petit Point Necklace

By Wayne Johnson, Sr.

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The amount of time and skill required to make a stunning necklace like this is unbelievable. Each round "snake eye" shaped Sleeping Beauty turquoise stone is held by a tiny, all handmade sterling silver bezel. This is a laborious and traditional way of making Zuni jewelry called petit point. So many well-matched turquoise stones are seen in this approximate 21 1/2" long necklace, with a gorgeous hand-fabricated sterling silver chain. The dangle features are so lovely, creating a bit of movement.

The center medallion is about 2" wide and 3 3/4" long including the dangles. The other medallions come in at about 1 1/4" wide and 1" wide, respectively. Wayne Johnson Sr. is an amazing jeweler from Zuni Pueblo.

Please click here to view a pair of earrings that would compliment this necklace beautifully. They are also by Wayne Johnson Sr., and are sold separately.