A reflection of the generous amount, size and density of the turquoise beads. The turquoise is a light to medium green with some golden brown webbing.
Possible sources would be the Carico Lake mine or Damele mine in Nevada or light green Cerrillos from New Mexico. The beads have not been stabilized and have the nice soft surface feel and polish of all natural stone. It's gem grade material and the beads have maintained an excellent shape through the decades, a sign of their gem grade hardness.Each one is hand cut, drilled and polished with a truly beautiful variation in thickness while at the same time being perfectly and seamlessly graduated. The largest center bead is 11mm in diameter and 7mm thick, which is large for a heishi cut bead. Some people prefer fine cut heishi.. The finer the better, which reflects the skill of the carver. This is a graduated piece, so there is a wonderful display of small heishi near the clasp, which is 3.5mm in diameter and only 1mm thick. And the larger beads are nice because they give you a generous display of the natural and very beautiful stone. These beads were cut, drilled and rolled by a master.
The bead holes are larger than contemporary beads and many show a larger opening on one side than the other... A sign of a pump drilled bead. A lot of turquoise is lost in the heishi carving process and only very good material can be turned into heishi, which is a thin cut bead.... Not like carving a chunky large bead.
A necklace like this is rarely available. There are only a few artists today that have available natural very high grade turquoise and the carving skill required to make heishi from unstabilized material.To avoid breakage, most contemporary heishi makers use stabilized turquoise. As well, the few heishi carvers using natural stone today would still be using electric tools in their process, not pump drilling and hand polishing their beads. Made today, these necklaces sell for thousands of dollars, obviously because of the tremendous amount of work and skill involved, to say nothing of the rarity of the gem grade all natural turquoise stone.
This is as fine as any heishi necklace you can find... An historical original early century piece and definitely museum worthy. At the same time, the quality of the turquoise and beads allows you to wear and enjoy it with comfort. The item "Rare Antique Natural Green Turquoise Heishi Santo Domingo Necklace" is in sale since Thursday, December 6, 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.