Silver bead necklace with silver and coral pendant by Cochiti silversmith Joe Quintana

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Silver and coral necklace by Cochiti Pueblo silversmith Joe Quintana


A great piece with a lovely weight and texture. The pendant and necklace are each stand alones but the pendant clips onto the necklace.  The beads in the necklace are yummy, heavy, smooth, elegant.  The pendant also is beautifully made, strong

The pendant features a high dome coral cabochon. The pendant form resembles a shell, slightly domed and flared with a pebbled surface around the coral.

Although unsigned, this is by Joe Herrera Quintana.   Ada Suina (a well known Cochiti potter) purchased this necklace directly from Joe “years ago”.  The necklace has elements that are hallmarks of Joe’s work, the weight and fine finishing on the beads, the drama of his stone choice and presentation, even the stamp work on the top of the hook of the pendant.   Still on its original string, tied on each side of the clasp to hand twisted silver wire loops.

Joe Quintana spent many years making jewelry for various dealers and vendors in New Mexico including Maisel’s and The Covered Wagon in Old Town in Albuquerque and, Packard’s in Santa Fe. He settled into working with Irma’s Indian Arts & Pawn in Albuquerque, producing work for her until 1971. Joe continued his work from his home until his death in 1991.

The necklace measures 26″ long, the pendant is 2 3/8″ long x 1 7/8″ wide.

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