The quality of the bead cutting is extremely good. The turquoise is from the Kingman mine, from an era when very very good material was still being mined and made into jewelry. The necklace is strung with 3 strands of beads which presents as a generous showing of gorgeous turquoise heishi. The longest strand including the cones and clasp measures approximately 28 inches and the other 2 strands are approximately an inch shorter. The necklace when held has a luxurious dense feel to the beads and it weighs a substantial 89 grams.
The turquoise heishi show a very subtle graduation in size. The central beads measure 7mm across and the smallest beads strung into the cones measure 4mm. The graduation is flawless, done entirely "by sight" and not the use of tools.
The artist used a strong beading cord which has a beautiful soft drape and is very secure. The turquoise shades in color from a dark saturated teal blue to medium and lighter shades with a scattered golden brown matrix. Heishi is extremely time consuming to create. The artist starts by cutting the turquoise stone into strips, then into small squares, each square becoming a heishi bead which is then drilled, strung on wire, ground into the desired shape and size, then polished.
At that point over 60% of the turquoise is lost. It's a rare art form that requires great skill and patience.
Some of the beads will show a tiny nick.... Proof that they were hand rolled by an artist. It's hard to find vintage Kingman heishi necklaces anymore, especially 3 long strands and in mint vintage condition. It's a stunning necklace that can be worn with your favorite faded jeans and boots or as a striking accent with that little black dress.
The item "Vintage Santo Domingo Kingman Turquoise Shell Heishi 3 Strand Necklace" is in sale since Monday, June 28, 2021. 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.