The necklace is long enough to slip over your head when closed, at approximately 31 inches. But it's nice to be able to open it for a wide bailed pendant or jacla.
The extension chain is included in that length, so this adds another layer of flexibility, allowing you to shorten the beads to approximately 28 inches. The turquoise nuggets are exceptional. The earlier material from the Sleeping Beauty mine is some of the highest grade most beautiful turquoise in the world.
I've seen it exported to other countries for use in their own jewelry because it's quality surpassed natural turquoise on a global level. Natural beads that are not stabilized are now rare. But these nuggets were from a time when the Sleeping Beauty mine was still producing a large amount of truly fine stone that needed no enhancement.
It's been closed for many years. These beads are approximately 10mm in diameter in the center and most of the way up. Towards the finish they graduate to 8mm and at the very finish are 7mm.So most of the beads are all the same size and have such a subtle graduation towards the neck it's hard to see. But there are 2 long strands with a huge number of beads, creating a luxurious necklace of substance. It weighs 56 grams, which reflects the large number and dense quality of the turquoise beads. The turquoise is wonderful in a dense bright blue without matrix.... Taken from the mine when it was still producing that solid Persian blue color.
Some of the beads have started to green, which is a desired sign of age and also a sign that the beads are not stabilized and will react naturally to the passage of time. They have a strong polish which reflects their hardness and the shell heishi adds a perfect tone of neutrality and brings the piece together. This is definitely one of those necklaces that can be worn with everything...
Casually with jeans and boots or as an elegant accent for your best black dress. Wear it often and enjoy it for a lifetime. The item "Vintage Santo Domingo Turquoise Nugget Shell Heishi Necklace 30 Inch 56 Gm" is in sale since Wednesday, September 18, 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.