Olive shells are mollusks found mostly in warm tropical seas. They are carnivorous and are known as some of the fastest sand-burrowers among snails. An olive shell is smooth, and oval-shaped with various colors, and patterns.The shell surface is extremely glossy because in life it almost always covered and protected by a mantle. About the artists.
Coriz Santo Domingo Pueblo
Three strands of James Coriz's beautiful orange tip olive shell birds, gorgeous olive shell heishi and turquoise nuggets.
shell heishi, along with
Coriz - Santo Domingo Pueblo
- $250 plus s/h
54 birds in all. Hangs beautifully.
James cuts a bird and a fish out of each olive shell and makes his signature necklaces out of them.
Santo Domingo Pueblo artists are famous for their skill in making hand rolled and cut beads known as heishi. Made from shell, turquoise, and other stones, they are painstakingly cut by hand into delicate beads and strung on necklaces.
James Del Coriz and Dolorita G. Coriz of Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico make jewelry in the traditional Santo Domingo way and use excellent Kingman and Sleeping Beauty Turquoise. The beads are hand cut and turned and show excellent character and workmanship. Read more about the artists...
What is a Fetish?
A fetish is a rock carving of an animal that captures the spirit and the essence of the animal, not necessarily its exact detailed conformation. Indian fetishes can be carried or displayed. Those that are carried are often called pocket fetishes. Those that are displayed are called table fetishes. Zuni artists are the traditional fetish carvers but there are many talented Navajo carvers as well. The animals can vary but often include birds, bears, horses, mountain lions, turtles, foxes, wolves and many others. The stones usually used include turquoise, mother of pearl, pink shell, acoma jet, serpentine, pipestone and many others. Read more about fetishes.