This is a listing for a vintage Santo Domingo melon shell heishi necklace with turquoise heishi bead accents. It's in excellent vintage condition with expected and desired signs of age and use. The flexible fiber cord stringing is original and secure.
This is an older piece created in the mid century and the beads are entirely hand cut, drilled, rolled and polished. The Kewa pueblo didn't get power until the late 50's, early 60's and their much older beads have a beautiful more primitive shape. Each bead is hand cut, drilled, ground into shape and polished and an entire necklace reflects a tremendous investment in time, effort and skill.It closes with silver cones and a hand made hook and eye clasp bent from heavy wire.. Another element of it's early age. The total wearing length is 20 inches long. The artful graduation of the beads and flexible stringing results in a beautiful drape for this piece. The melon shell is a soft blend of beige and pale peach and the turquoise is a solid deep deep blue, probably early turquoise from the Sleeping Beauty mine, with a few flecks here and there of white limonite.
The simple and sturdy silver wire hook and eye clasp with it's aged dark patina provides the perfect finish to this old necklace. The largest bead in the center is 3/8th of an inch in diameter and the necklace weighs 53 grams, which is substantial considering the lightness of shell. Melon shell is noteworthy for it's understated warmth and blush of the soft peach color. And the strong rich blue of the turquoise stone almost startles with it's beauty. The decades of age, wear and enjoyment adds another layer of beauty to this old pueblo piece.
The item "Vintage Santo Domingo Melon Shell Turquoise Heishi Necklace 1950's" is in sale since Thursday, September 12, 2019. 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.