This is a listing for a vintage Santo Domingo necklace. It's strung with hand cut and rolled turquoise from the Sleeping Beauty mine. It's strung on it's original fiber beading cord. It's in excellent vintage condition with no damage. The bead cord shows a small amount of stretch which is a normal reflection of age and use.
The weight of the beads will stretch the cord over time. Often, since this is normal, the stringing artist will finish pieces with silver cones, which hide the stretching. If they use a tradition hook and eye clasp and don't add cones, you will always see some stretching with vintage beads.
There are tiny nicks seen in the heishi which are a result of the bead making process and part of it's hand formed charm. The necklace has a total wearing length of 25.5 inches. The heishi are graduated in size with the largest turquoise bead measuring 6mm across and the smallest 4mm. That's only a 2mm change in bead size over a 1 foot length of beads, which is subtle and masterfully bead cutting and stringing.Santo Domingo artists don't use tools to help them graduate a strand of beads. It's all done by eye.
All the beads are hand cut, ground and polished with a nice polish. The turquoise is a light to medium pure blue, not aqua or teal...With a small amount of pale matrix. It weighs a comfortable and sturdy 31 grams.
A simple strand of beautiful beads. It will arrive first class with tracking. The item "Vintage Santo Domingo Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Heishi Necklace" is in sale since Tuesday, August 25, 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.