Markings: Unmarked, Tested, and Guaranteed. Country of Origin: United States, Pueblo Nation.
Gram Weight: 20.1 Grams. 900 Coin Sterling Silver Clasp. Material: Wood, Horse Hair String. Main Stone Measurements/Color: The size of the stone varies; On average the stones measure 14.7 mm long by 5.1 mm wide, Opaque deep blue with black striations. Accent Stone: White Onyx, Red Coral.
Accent Stone Measurements/Color: The white onyx measures 32.4 mm long by 7.8 mm wide, Opaque white hue; The red coral measures 20.4 mm long by 2.1 mm wide, Opaque bright red hue. Stone Treatment: The stone(s) appear to be untreated, but we are not certified gemologists. Stone(s) have been tested and guaranteed using a professional Presidium Duo refractive, heat, and hardness tester. Stone Cuts: Tumbled Smooth and Polished Turquoise, Intricately Carved and Polished White Onyx and Red Coral.
Item Measurements: The necklace measures 18" long and graduates from 0.16" wide at the clasp up to 0.26 wide not including the pendant. The pendant measures 1.27" long by 0.83" wide. The wood heishi beads graduate from 4.1 mm long by 2.6 mm wide at the clasp to 6.8 mm long by 4 mm wide at the center of the necklace. The wood on the back of the pendant measures 33.1 mm long by 21.1 mm wide, and the wood on the front of the pendant measures 13.7 mm long by 6.9 mm wide. Link Type: Beads on Horse Hair String.
This gorgeous item features a long horse hair strand adorned with a multitude of heishi beads as well as a large triangular pendant. The stones used within this necklace would have been hand carved and polished into their current shape. The pendant features white onyx and red coral stones, which are held in place using triangular wood accents. The coin sterling silver is slightly tarnished in some areas.
There is a very hard to notice chip in the wood on the back of the pendant, which does not affect the wear of the item at all. The price of this item has been reduced to reflect this. This listing is for the item only. This beautiful piece was made by a very talented Native American silversmith. It features handcrafted silversmith work throughout.Antique Native American jewelry is very rare to find. This is due to these pieces being made for reservation and personal use before the tourist trade became popular. Very few pieces were made and even less survived to today. Kewa Pueblo, formerly known as Santo Domingo Pueblo, is located on the Rio Grande and is particularly known for Native Pueblo artists who create heishi necklaces made of bone, shell and turquoise beads, some of which are so finely cut that they almost look like strands of hair. These beautiful and colorful necklaces are also sometimes incorrectly identified as "Depression Jewelry", however their origin certainly predates the Great Depression, and they are still being made today by Kewa artists.
Pueblo artisans are also quite famous for their inlaid mosaic-like pieces. The concept of Pawn, Old Pawn, and Dead Pawn Native American Jewelry came to be in the 1800s.When a loan wasnt repaid, the item became known as either Old Pawn or Dead Pawn. Heishi, or Heishe (pronounced hee shee), are tiny beads that are disc-, tube-, and even sometimes square-shaped, originally made from shell that has been ground and drilled. In modern times, Heishi has come to mean any tiny hand-made beads of any natural material. Modern Heishi pieces include stone, wood, bone, nuts, eggs, and metal. The oldest examples of Heishi date back to around 6000 BCE, to the Pueblo Native Americans, and is the oldest form of jewelry in New Mexico.
The word Heishi means shell and ancient Pueblo artisans used many kinds of seashells that they obtained through trade with tribes in the Gulf of California; including spiny oysters, mother-of-pearl, and melon shell. Turquoise is found all over the world and has been a popular semi-precious stone used in jewelry and art for thousands of years by many different cultures; from prehistoric times to the present. Turquoise comes in many beautiful color variations; from the popular bright solid sky-blue hues to dark blue hues with dark spiderwebbing throughout, as well as aqua, teal, and many green varieties, and even some rare white with dark spiderwebbing.Bisbee Turquoise is mined in Arizona and was accidentally discovered while mining for copper. Bisbee Turquoise is well known for its medium to dark blue with red, black, or brown matrixes. It is also found with a deep green color and a webbed or dendritic chocolate brown matrix. Red Coral is a highly prized stone by Native American cultures and has long been used by artisans in the Southwest. Spanish traders introduced coral to the Navajo, Zuni, Hopi, and other tribes, and it quickly became a sign and symbol of wealth and status in many different Native American cultures. It varies in color from deep red to orange, with red being the preferred choice of Native American jewelry makers. Onyx is a chalcedony quartz gemstone that is found all over the world. It usually has a fine texture and black color; however, some onyx also displays colored bands or ribbons against a black or brown background. Red onyx is quite rare and desirable and is also known as sardonyx.
Onyx that has a deep green shade is known as Brazilian green onyx and is very rare. It became a popular stone for sculpture and jewelry in the 1920s and 1930s. The name comes from the Greek word onyx which means nail of a finger or claw. The word onyx comes from the Greek word which can be translated as nail of a finger or claw. In Greco-Roman myth, the goddess of beauty, Aphrodite, lay sleeping when Eros cut her fingernails and left the clippings scattered on the ground.
Because no part of a heavenly body can die, the gods turned them into stone which later became known as onyx. Onyx is formed of bands of chalcedony in alternating colors. It is cryptocrystalline, consisting of fine intergrowths of silica minerals.
Its bands are parallel to one another, as opposed to the more chaotic banding that often occurs in agates. It is translucent to opaque and comes in a wide range of colors including, white, yellow, red, brown, green, and black. The item "Antique Vintage Sterling Coin Silver Native Santo Domingo Pueblo Heishi Necklace" is in sale since Sunday, August 11, 2019.This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.