This is a listing for a vintage 1970's Santo Domingo necklace strung with brilliant blue turquoise heishi and accented with 7 large turquoise nuggets from the same mine. It could easily be blue turquoise from the Royston mine in Nevada. The necklace is in excellent vintage condition with no damage. The stringing is original and remains very secure. The heishi is hand cut, shaped, drilled, rolled and polished..
A very time intensive and difficult process. The 7 nuggets are extra large (see coin in photo for comparison) and beautiful with a brilliant blue color.
It closes with small hand wrought sterling bench beads and a traditional hook and eye clasp. The total length of the necklace is 21 inches and it weighs 52 grams. The large central nugget measures just over 1 inch by 7/8th of an inch in size. The central 5 beads are all approximately the same size and the two end beads are slightly smaller at 5/8th of an inch by. All of the nuggets are large and chunky and beautifully matched for color, size and shape.It's uncommon to find such nice large nuggets of vintage turquoise in a necklace. The heishi is 4mm across and gently tapers in size right before the silver beads and clasp. They are beautifully made with a refined and elegant finish that contrasts perfectly with the bold natural nuggets. The two forms of beads used by the artist are opposites and enhance each other perfectly. It's a versatile statement piece that can go from casual to elegant with ease. Like all well done Native American jewelry, it's impressive and understated at the same time. The item "Vintage Santo Domingo Bright Blue Turquoise Nugget Heishi Bead Necklace" is in sale since Wednesday, April 25, 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.