Markings: Unmarked, Tested, and Guaranteed. Country of Origin: United States, Pueblo Nation.Gram Weight: 13.4 Grams. 925 Sterling Silver Clasp and Spacer Beads. Main Stone Measurements/Color: Graduates from 2.8 mm long by 2.6 mm wide near the clasp to 7.8 mm long by 3.8 mm wide in the center, Opaque deep blue with black striations. Stone Treatment: The stone(s) appear to be untreated, but we are not certified gemologists. Stone(s) have been tested and guaranteed using a professional Presidium Duo refractive, heat, and hardness tester. Stone Cuts: Carved and Polished Turquoise Heishi Bead. Item Measurements: The necklace measures 17" long and up to 0.30" wide.
The spacer beads measure 3 mm in diameter. Link Type: Beads on Wire. This gorgeous item features a long wire strand adorned with a multitude of heishi beads.
The stones used within this necklace would have been hand carved and polished into their current shape. There are several hollow spacer beads to either side of the central portion of the necklace, creating a lovely contrast. The sterling silver is slightly tarnished in some areas.As the beads were strung on wire, the necklace is off-round and may need to be adjusted for the most secure fit. The price of this item has been reduced to reflect this. This listing is for the item only. This beautiful piece was made by a very talented Native American silversmith. It features handcrafted silversmith work throughout.
Antique Native American jewelry is very rare to find. This is due to these pieces being made for reservation and personal use before the tourist trade became popular.
Very few pieces were made and even less survived to today. Kewa Pueblo, formerly known as Santo Domingo Pueblo, is located on the Rio Grande and is particularly known for Native Pueblo artists who create heishi necklaces made of bone, shell and turquoise beads, some of which are so finely cut that they almost look like strands of hair.
These beautiful and colorful necklaces are also sometimes incorrectly identified as "Depression Jewelry", however their origin certainly predates the Great Depression, and they are still being made today by Kewa artists. Pueblo artisans are also quite famous for their inlaid mosaic-like pieces. The concept of Pawn, Old Pawn, and Dead Pawn Native American Jewelry came to be in the 1800s. When a loan wasnt repaid, the item became known as either Old Pawn or Dead Pawn.
Heishi, or Heishe (pronounced hee shee), are tiny beads that are disc-, tube-, and even sometimes square-shaped, originally made from shell that has been ground and drilled. In modern times, Heishi has come to mean any tiny hand-made beads of any natural material. Modern Heishi pieces include stone, wood, bone, nuts, eggs, and metal.The oldest examples of Heishi date back to around 6000 BCE, to the Pueblo Native Americans, and is the oldest form of jewelry in New Mexico. The word Heishi means shell and ancient Pueblo artisans used many kinds of seashells that they obtained through trade with tribes in the Gulf of California; including spiny oysters, mother-of-pearl, and melon shell. Turquoise is found all over the world and has been a popular semi-precious stone used in jewelry and art for thousands of years by many different cultures; from prehistoric times to the present. Turquoise comes in many beautiful color variations; from the popular bright solid sky-blue hues to dark blue hues with dark spiderwebbing throughout, as well as aqua, teal, and many green varieties, and even some rare white with dark spiderwebbing. Bisbee Turquoise is mined in Arizona and was accidentally discovered while mining for copper. Bisbee Turquoise is well known for its medium to dark blue with red, black, or brown matrixes. It is also found with a deep green color and a webbed or dendritic chocolate brown matrix. The item "Vintage Sterling Silver Native Santo Domingo Pueblo Turquoise Heishi Necklace" is in sale since Saturday, September 28, 2019.
This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.