This is a listing for a vintage Santo Domingo necklace. They had an inventory that ranged from the 70's to the 90's with some vintage pieces that were even older. It's a vintage piece in unused condition. It's strung with 2 strands of beautifully rolled Kingman heishi and finishes with hand rolled white shell and fine cording that ties, for a metal free piece that slips over the neck.The cording has stretched a little over time, so when all the beads are pushed together there is a little bit of exposed cord at the top. This is normal for vintage strung piece and doesn't affect it's security or appearance. The cording can be untied, as desired, if you want to add a pendant or jacla. The cording is flexible for a lovely fluid drape. He double strands of hand cut, drilled, rolled and polished turquoise heishi from the Kingman mine in Arizona are stunning, strung by a bead master. The Santo Domingo don't use measuring tools to string their beads. It's all done by eye. The fine white shell heishi add a note of elegant contrast and they also graduate in size and show the same masterful heishi carving. The turquoise is a rich saturated teal blue/green with a scattered golden brown matrix. The mine has been closed for many years and this is really pretty stone.
The shortest strand, not including the cording, measures 26 inches. The longest strand measures 27 inches.
So as worn, they hang stacked right next to each other, for a generous display of turquoise. The necklace weighs 50 grams... A sturdy and substantial weight for fine heishi.
The largest turquoise bead measures 7mm across and the smallest turquoise bead measures 2.5mm... The white shell heishi graduate from 2.5mm, as the largest to a taped cone shaped 2mm size. There are not a lot of heishi carvers who can carve a 2mm finishing bead that tapers to a perfect point. And there aren't a lot of heishi necklaces that show this high degree of attention to perfection and detail.It's a stunning piece that will arrive first class with signature confirmation. The item "Vintage Santo Domingo Kingman Turquoise White Shell Heishi Necklace with Ties" is in sale since Sunday, August 23, 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.