Joe E. Pacheco learned to make turquoise beads from his mother. The Santo Domingo people have been making jewelry for generations and were excavating turquoise as early as 300 BC at what is now called the Cerrillos mining district.
Joe has worked as a firefighter and still farms his own land. In 1980 Joe and his wife started making beautiful necklaces from Kingman turquoise. They cut, taper, and string each bead. Each wafter bead is separated by a single tiny heishi bead which gives a unique visual look to the necklace. Their necklaces are highly sought after and most artists will not even attempt their style due the demanding form and high breakage factor.
These necklaces are unique and can be enjoyed on many different occasions. In addition to the necklaces, they also make earrings.