Vintage Santo Domingo Cerrillos Turquoise Heishi Long 2 Strand Necklace No Metal

Vintage Santo Domingo Cerrillos Turquoise Heishi Long 2 Strand Necklace No Metal
Vintage Santo Domingo Cerrillos Turquoise Heishi Long 2 Strand Necklace No Metal
Vintage Santo Domingo Cerrillos Turquoise Heishi Long 2 Strand Necklace No Metal
Vintage Santo Domingo Cerrillos Turquoise Heishi Long 2 Strand Necklace No Metal
Vintage Santo Domingo Cerrillos Turquoise Heishi Long 2 Strand Necklace No Metal
Vintage Santo Domingo Cerrillos Turquoise Heishi Long 2 Strand Necklace No Metal
Vintage Santo Domingo Cerrillos Turquoise Heishi Long 2 Strand Necklace No Metal
Vintage Santo Domingo Cerrillos Turquoise Heishi Long 2 Strand Necklace No Metal
Vintage Santo Domingo Cerrillos Turquoise Heishi Long 2 Strand Necklace No Metal
Vintage Santo Domingo Cerrillos Turquoise Heishi Long 2 Strand Necklace No Metal
Vintage Santo Domingo Cerrillos Turquoise Heishi Long 2 Strand Necklace No Metal
Vintage Santo Domingo Cerrillos Turquoise Heishi Long 2 Strand Necklace No Metal

Vintage Santo Domingo Cerrillos Turquoise Heishi Long 2 Strand Necklace No Metal
This is a listing for a vintage necklace made by a Santo Domingo bead artist. It's in excellent vintage condition with no damaged or missing beads. Original cord stringing remains very strong. It's a rare double strand of dark green turquoise heishi from the Cerrillos mine. A few inches of shell heishi and braided cord that ties finish the piece. The beads are entirely hand cut, drilled, rolled and polished, then beautifully strung "by eye" in a perfectly graduated configuration.

The braided finish can be left tied to just slip over the head. It has a drop of approximately 15.5 inches which is a wearable length of 31 inches, not including the braided ties. Of course, it can also be untied if you want to slip on your favorite jacla pendant.

The beading cord gives the necklace an extra fluid drape when handled and worn. It's a substantial piece that weighs 121 grams.

The turquoise is a saturated dark green with a scattered brown matrix and a warm natural polish. The heishi carver did an excellent job with each bead showing the lovely character of hand formed beads and a perfect graduation from the largest bead that measures 9mm across to the smallest that measures 3 to 4mm across. The shell heishi are smaller at 2.5mm across. Heishi is extremely time consuming to create.

The artist starts by cutting the turquoise stone into strips, then into small squares, each square becoming a heishi bead which is then drilled, strung on wire, ground into the desired shape and size, then polished. At that point over 60% of the turquoise is lost. It's a rare art form that requires great skill and patience. A long double strand of Cerrillos turquoise heishi is rare and beautiful. The item "Vintage Santo Domingo Cerrillos Turquoise Heishi Long 2 Strand Necklace No Metal" is in sale since Saturday, July 3, 2021.

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.


Vintage Santo Domingo Cerrillos Turquoise Heishi Long 2 Strand Necklace No Metal


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