This is a listing for an antique Santo Domingo necklace, circa late 1800's to 1940's. It is strung on it's original cotton string and closes with a metal hook and eye clasp.The necklace is heavy at 173 grams and the stringing has stretched about 1 inch, but is still secure for wear. This is a rare historical necklace and there is no damage to the turquoise nuggets or shell heishi.
Each nugget stone has been pump drilled, which is rare. Usually you will only see a few pump drilled beads on these older necklaces. This method of drilling was done before electricity was available and used water to power the drill. It dates the beads as very old. Most of the beads during this time frame were made by Santo Domingo bead artists and used by their own tribe and traded to other tribes, such as the Navajo and Zuni.The beads are natural large nuggets and appear to be from the Cerrillos mine, the Number 8 mine and the Blue Gem mine. The turquoise is completely natural and not stabilized.
None of the beads are broken, repaired, cracked or missing. There are 34 beads and the necklace is 29 inches long. You can permanently close the clasp and have it slip over the head.
But it's nice to have a clasp if you want to slip a jacla pendant that doesn't tie over the beads. The turquoise shows a beautiful range of color shading from dark blues to dark green. One of the deep blue stones has a scattered iron pyrite matrix and several have a beautiful display of quartz. I've shown all of the photos with natural inside lighting except for the first photo and the last 2 photos. The flash really brightens the turquoise but also shows you the amazing coloration of the turquoise.The 2nd photo is accurate for color and shade. All the stones are natural nuggets in shape and have been well matched for color, shape and size in a graduated style. The shell heishi are about 6 mm across and create a fluid and flexible drape to the necklace. The largest turquoise beads run along the center and range from 7/8th of an inch to 1.25 inches in length and 5/8th of an inch thick. 75 inches in length and. So even the smaller beads are a nice size. These are all irregular shaped nuggets, so each one has a different shape and measurement.
As a whole the beads come together is a stunning natural arrangement. This is a historical piece with a beautiful display of very rare turquoise. It will arrive by first class with signature confirmation.
The item "Antique Santo Domingo Turquoise Nugget Shell Heishi Necklace Pump Drilled Beads" is in sale since Saturday, November 23, 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.