Vintage Santo Domingo Kingman Turquoise Shell Heishi Necklace

Vintage Santo Domingo Kingman Turquoise Shell Heishi Necklace
Vintage Santo Domingo Kingman Turquoise Shell Heishi Necklace
Vintage Santo Domingo Kingman Turquoise Shell Heishi Necklace
Vintage Santo Domingo Kingman Turquoise Shell Heishi Necklace
Vintage Santo Domingo Kingman Turquoise Shell Heishi Necklace
Vintage Santo Domingo Kingman Turquoise Shell Heishi Necklace
Vintage Santo Domingo Kingman Turquoise Shell Heishi Necklace
Vintage Santo Domingo Kingman Turquoise Shell Heishi Necklace
Vintage Santo Domingo Kingman Turquoise Shell Heishi Necklace
Vintage Santo Domingo Kingman Turquoise Shell Heishi Necklace
Vintage Santo Domingo Kingman Turquoise Shell Heishi Necklace
Vintage Santo Domingo Kingman Turquoise Shell Heishi Necklace

Vintage Santo Domingo Kingman Turquoise Shell Heishi Necklace

This is a listing for a turquoise necklace strung with hand cut and rolled turquoise beads. This piece has had little, if any wear and I would estimate it's age to be in the 70's or 80's.

The turquoise is from the Kingman mine, and the necklace was made when there was very high grade stone available. The beads have a warm matte polish... There are a few tiny nicks which you would expect in hand cut stone, but no damage and no missing beads. The stringing cord is original and has stretched due to the weight of the beads and passage of time. The necklace weighs 45 grams which is a pretty substantial weight for a single strand of beads. The turquoise section is approximately 19 inches in length. The shell heishi section is about 4 inches on each side, for a total wearing length of shell and turquoise of 27 inches. The stretch in the cord added another inch to the length. I have shown a photo of the beads when all the "give" in the cord has been shifted to the top. If you spread the beads out evenly, it isn't seen. The cording is very flexible, remains extremely strong. And the necklace has an excellent fluid drape. So it would be a shame to restring it.

Stretched cord is something that any collector of old beads expects when the stringing is original. And everyone always wants original (still strong) stringing if possible.

The beads have a perfect and very subtle graduation. Santo Domingo bead artists don't use tools to graduate a necklace. It's done by eye. The largest central rondelle bead measures 10mm across. The small beads next to the silver hook and eye actually have a noticeable taper to their shape...

Not always there and always a nice finish to rolled beads. The last finishing bead is 3mm across. That's a subtle graduation of 7mm over 19 inches of turquoise. The mine has been closed for many years and high grade Kingman is hard to find.

The color is that famous Kingman teal blue. Blue but with strong undertones of green.

Not sky blue and not jade green. A beautiful blended teal with a scattered gold matrix.

The white and tan shell heishi that finish the necklace are also hand cut and rolled and add a beautiful finishing touch. The necklace closes with a traditional silver hook and eye clasp. It will arrive first class with signature confirmation.

The item "Vintage Santo Domingo Kingman Turquoise Shell Heishi Necklace" is in sale since Thursday, September 17, 2020. 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 Kingman Turquoise Shell Heishi Necklace


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