15 Black Coral Tube Beads. 5" to 1.5" in length.24 Fancy Fluted Sterling Silver Bench Beads. 52.8 grams = 1.7 Troy ounces Total Weight. Quintana Necklace with Rare Black Coral Beads. Joe Quintana has been very involved in and is an important figure in the history of Native jewelry. He is perhaps most famous for his Concho Belts. This necklace is Not stamp signed with the "JHQ" Hallmark as you can see in the pictures. It is also Not stamped "Sterling", but it is guaranteed to be Sterling Silver and authentic. You will be interested to know that about a dozen and a half hallmarks were used in his career...
And still, lots of his jewelry bears no hallmarks. This is typically the case on the smaller jewelry and items like this that don't have sufficient "real estate" to stamp.It will Not be included in this sale but the picture is shown for reference purposes. I've seen other necklaces made by JHQ of similar style and vintage.
I have rarely come across them... My guess is that this one dates from the 1970's or 1980's. My quick and limited research on Black Coral tells us that there are about 200 species known to exist. Some believe that Black Coral is. Beneficial in overcoming anxiety and sorrow.
The metaphysical folks believe that Black Coral is ideal for healing and energy balancing. Please visit me in prison.. In the 1930's he worked at lots of great old shops.Southwest Arts and Crafts was followed by Packard's, Simpson's, Maisel's, and then Frank Patania's Thunderbird Shop in Santa Fe. Famously, Irma Bailey loved his work and enticed him to work for her for a number of years. The story was that he got to produce what he did best, in addition to what she wanted (like lipstick holders and cutlery)... And she provided a steady stream of customers for his work. Irma was such a collector of his work that he must have been pretty busy. Irma and her husband traveled around the country in a motorhome to sell his work from coast to coast. Although he started his career in making jewelry in the 1920's, it was not until many decades later that he became world famous for his iconic Concho Belts. This was in the late 1960's and at that time he was already pretty famous. Collector Joe Ben Wheat (of Navajo weaving fame), and musician Jim Morrison of the Doors (in 1969) were making these magical repousse Concho Belts the "must have" for the rich and famous.
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture published a book of the "Master in Metal" 2004 exhibition with selections from the Irma Bailey Collection. As you examine the amazing and rare Black Coral Tube Beads and super-fancy fluted Sterling Silver Bench Beads, it is quite clear that Quintana is a master in metal. While doing my research on Quintana, I learned that his wife Trecita would often draw jewelry designs for her husband Joe. I certainly believe that she must deserve credit for the sublime designs that we have been graced with in Joe's jewelry. In the rare event that I have an opportunity to use the name of their son Cippy Crazy Horse, I enjoy indulging myself.
Joe Quintana has won many awards and his work is always met with great enthusiasm by discriminating collectors. His work and his contribution to the world of Native jewelry was honored with the "Memorial Award for Excellence in Traditional Jewelry" in 1979. I would say that the name of the award sums it all up..I will pack this carefully for you so that it will get to you in the same condition that you see in the pictures. I thank You and look forward to sharing a good experience! Recommended Reference Books - This artist is referenced if there is a page # shown below. "AMERICAN INDIAN JEWELRY I" - Gregory Schaaf - page 267. "AMERICAN INDIAN JEWELRY II: M-Z" - Gregory Schaaf- page 177-178. "HALLMARKS OF THE SOUTHWEST"- Barton Wright - page 143. "THE LITTLE BOOK OF SOUTHWESTERN SILVER" - Billie Hougart - page 284-285. "ZUNI JEWELRY" - Theda and Michael Bassman ZUNI THE ART AND THE. PEOPLE VOLUMES 1-3 - Barbara & Ed Bell- Volume.
"INDIAN SILVERWORK OF THE SOUTHWEST, ILLUSTRATED - VOLUME 1" - pages 72-94. The item "JOSEPH Joe H QUINTANA Cochiti NECKLACE withBLACK CORAL & Sterling Silver Beads" is in sale since Friday, May 15, 2020.This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\1800-1934\Jewelry"." and is located in Tucson, Arizona. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay, Cayman islands, Ukraine.