Helen Reano (Santo Domingo ) (Kewa) (deceased)
Helen Reano was a marvelous jewelry maker from Santo Domingo. Her sister was Paula Calabaza, also a bead maker. This handmade beaded necklace is an old-style design referred to as “thick and thin”. You can see the unique pattern of the shell widening out at certain places. The thickest parts are 7 – 8 mm graduated to 4 mm. She used white and orange melon shell, turquoise, jet, and pipestone. It is classic and beautiful.

18 ½ ” long