Vintage Oxblood Coral Turquoise Heishi 6 Strand Necklace by Audie Yazzie

Vintage Oxblood Coral Turquoise Heishi 6 Strand Necklace by Audie Yazzie
Vintage Oxblood Coral Turquoise Heishi 6 Strand Necklace by Audie Yazzie
Vintage Oxblood Coral Turquoise Heishi 6 Strand Necklace by Audie Yazzie
Vintage Oxblood Coral Turquoise Heishi 6 Strand Necklace by Audie Yazzie
Vintage Oxblood Coral Turquoise Heishi 6 Strand Necklace by Audie Yazzie
Vintage Oxblood Coral Turquoise Heishi 6 Strand Necklace by Audie Yazzie
Vintage Oxblood Coral Turquoise Heishi 6 Strand Necklace by Audie Yazzie
Vintage Oxblood Coral Turquoise Heishi 6 Strand Necklace by Audie Yazzie
Vintage Oxblood Coral Turquoise Heishi 6 Strand Necklace by Audie Yazzie
Vintage Oxblood Coral Turquoise Heishi 6 Strand Necklace by Audie Yazzie
Vintage Oxblood Coral Turquoise Heishi 6 Strand Necklace by Audie Yazzie
Vintage Oxblood Coral Turquoise Heishi 6 Strand Necklace by Audie Yazzie

Vintage Oxblood Coral Turquoise Heishi 6 Strand Necklace by Audie Yazzie

This is a listing for a vintage Navajo necklace. It was strung by the gifted Navajo bead artist Audie Yazzie. It is older and not hallmarked like his more recent pieces. Audie Yazzie was kind enough to message me personally and told me he strung this piece in the mid-80's.

Some of the jewelry, like this necklace was in new unused condition but had been stored for decades, making it vintage in age. So a wonderful example of a new old stock necklace.

There are 6 strands of hand rolled heishi beads with a total wearing length of 28 inches, not including the 4 inch sterling silver extension chain. It's a true statement piece and weighs an impressive 107 grams.

The beads are all beautifully strung on white fiber cord, giving the piece a wonderful fluid drape. Yazzie finished the piece with long stamped sterling cones, an exquisite hand wrought Navajo silver "pearl", wrapped sterling wire and a hook clasp on one end and the larger linked sterling extension chain on the other side. A single carved blue turquoise bird fetish bead makes a beautiful accent. The turquoise heishi is deep blue with a very dark brown scattered matrix and looks very much like Arizona turquoise. It has been stabilized which will preserve it's color and allowed the artist to cut, drill, grind (roll) and polish the beads without an excess of breakage. Most measure 6mm across and graduate to 4mm.

The high grade coral beads average 3 by 3mm in size throughout the necklace. They thin slightly near the clasp so as to fit under the long silver cones.

The coral is truly amazing in a brilliant bright natural true red color. That shade of undyed coral is just impossible to find anymore and 6 strands of these beads is truly a rare find. The two alternating sizes between the turquoise and coral add a wonderful sense of texture to this great necklace. Yazzie doesn't just string beads. He create a wonderful work of art and his pieces stand out.

It's important that if a necklace ever has to be restrung that you keep the same configuration. Otherwise you will lose the necklace as seen through the artist's eye. And Yazzie has a rare and delightful eye for beautiful beads and how they interact with color, space, size and texture.

His necklaces feel good around the neck and are a joy to wear. They can be found in the best collections around the world. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "100smr" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.


Vintage Oxblood Coral Turquoise Heishi 6 Strand Necklace by Audie Yazzie


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