This is a listing for an antique Santo Domingo necklace, circa 1930's or even earlier. It's a rare find and could have been made in the late 1800's into the early 1900's. It's original cotton stringing was too worn for any type of wear and I had a Navajo bead artist from Arizona restring the beads in their original configuration.
There are no missing or broken beads. This is a rare historical necklace with a beautiful display of very early pump drilled beads.
I've shown examples of the drilling in my photos, as it's an accurate way to date this necklace as antique. A pump drill was used pre-Edison, before electric power (and before turquoise was stabilized) and it's rare to find these beads. An entire necklace is a rare find. The turquoise is the very best with large heavy stones cut into thick and primitive tabs. There are no broken or missing beads because they are so thick and durable.The shell heishi are all hand cut, drilled, ground and polished, as well. This piece was made for personal use and would have been worn with pride by it's owner. There is one single shell fetish, a carved crescent that was strung near the top. I've seen a similar fetish carving on an early Theodore Kucate piece. The turquoise is a gorgeous shade of blue with green shading that occurs in unstabilized turquoise.
Some beads have remained bright blue. It's hard to say what mine they came from... Perhaps Cerrillos, or Kingman or Royston.This is a heavy necklace that weighs 198 grams. It has a 14 inch drop, so an approximate total length of 28 inches. A few of the beads graduate near the top, for comfortable wear. But the remaining do not.
They are all large impressive beads that average 1.25 inches in length... Some slightly larger and some slightly shorter. At their base there are up to. 5 inches thick and 7/8th of an inch in width.
This is a historical piece with a beautiful display of exceptional stones. The item "1920's Turquoise Shell Heishi Santo Domingo Pump Drilled Necklace" is in sale since Wednesday, November 20, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "100smr" and is located in Saint Louis, Missouri. This item can be shipped to United States.