1940's Santo Domingo Natural Unstabilized Turquoise Heishi Jacla Necklace 23 IN
This is a listing for a turquoise necklace strung with entirely natural unstabilized heishi hand rolled by a Santo Domingo artist. The necklace was originally a jacla, circa 1940's from my personal collection, and I had it professionally restrung into a necklace. So the wire stringing and sterling hook and eye clasp are new. But the beads are 80 years old. There are no broken or missing beads. Natural turquoise has to be high grade to be made into heishi without the use of stabilizers. The tiny chips you see are from the process of grinding the beads and a beautiful sign of natural stone. If you look at a necklaces rolled by a heishi master like Ray Lovato you will see his stabilized beads that are absolutely perfect without a blemish. They are still hand cut, drilled, rolled and polished. But the stone is hardened. And most heishi artists use stabilized turquoise. Lovato's heishi cut from natural turquoise, using the same artistic skill will be covered in micro chips... A beautiful characteristic of natural turquoise heishi. And they will be priced much much higher... Not because of the workmanship, but because of the stone. These beads are like that. The necklace is 23 inches in length and the beads graduate.
The largest is 6mm across and the smallest is about 3mm. The corn beads are 5/8th of an inch long and cut from white shell. The turquoise is a beautiful teal color.... Blue green or green blue, in a beautiful blend of shades from medium light to dark.
It really is difficult to find heishi that are cut from natural turquoise. It's a very difficult and rare skill.
These will arrive first class with signature confirmation. The item "1940's Santo Domingo Natural Unstabilized Turquoise Heishi Jacla Necklace 23 IN" is in sale since Saturday, August 1, 2020. 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.
- Featured Refinements: Heishi Necklace
- Main Stone: Turquoise
- Metal: Sterling Silver
- Brand: Native American
- Jewelry Type: Necklaces
- Tribal Affiliation: Santo Domingo