This is a listing for a vintage, circa mid -century.. 1940's to 50's Santo Domingo necklace.It's an elegant strand of very old hand cut non-stabilized round turquoise beads with a surface that reflects those hard to find qualities. The turquoise appears to be from the Royston mine. It's finished with several inches of shell heishi on each side and has been strung on wire at some point with an older metal hook and eye clasp. It's in excellent vintage to near antiqu condition. These are not machine cut stabilized beads and have an obvious hand cut, aged and well worn appearance seen in completely natural turquoise beads.
The necklace is in excellent condition and is notable for it's wonderful age acquired natural beauty. It has a 15 inch drop, so is approximately 30 inches in total length.
A clasp allows you to slip on a wide bailed pendant or jacla, but you can keep it closed and just slip the strand over your head. It weighs 77 grams which reflects the dense quality of the turquoise beads. They are all the same size, it is not graduated, another nice quality.
Each bead is different from the next, but they are well matched for size and shape with an approximate width of 10mm to 12mm... They shade from teal blues to greens with a golden brown matrix with an excellent natural polish that reflects the hardness of the turquoise.
The shell is cream and tan and is not as old as the turquoise. I recently saw a new Santo Domingo made necklace with large round beads like this and they referred to it as a gumball necklace. So it's a style that remains popular. This is a beautiful strand of beads, uncommon with their obvious hand carved and aged appearance.It makes a wonderful piece for the person who appreciates very old beads. The item "Old Vintage Santo Domingo Royston Turquoise Round Bead Shell Heishi Necklace" is in sale since Tuesday, November 20, 2018. 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.