We have similar Pueblo Santo Domingo and Native American items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Listing Description by: Angela A. Markings : Unmarked, tested, and guaranteed. Length: 10.75 mm to 37.88 mm.Width : 6.18 mm to 30.35 mm. Color: opaque brown hues with black striations, opaque orange-yellow hue with mottled cream hues, opaque deep green hue with mottled darker green hues. Accent Stone : Turquoise, red coral, quartz, shell. Turquoise: 14.15 mm and 22.27 mm long, 4.54 mm and 4.86 mm wide, opaque bright aqua-blue hues with mottled lighter blue hues and a brown matrix. Red coral: 13.21 mm long, 7.37 mm wide, opaque lighter and darker red hues.
Quartz: 29.23 mm long, 5.55 mm wide, semi-translucent white hue. Shell : 3.98 mm to 9.59 mm diameter, 0.86 mm to 3.42 mm depth, opaque lighter and darker brown hues, opaque white hues, opaque white and pink hues. Onyx : 7.2 mm length, 4.38 mm width, opaque black hue. 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 shell heishi beads; inlaid and polished jasper, onyx, and quartz; turquoise and red coral chip inlay. Pendant measurements : 1.49" length, 1.19" width. Handmade in the 1960s by a talented Santo Domingo (now Kewa) Pueblo artisan.Features a long wire adorned with a multitude of shell heishi beads. Contains a large, triangular pendant with beautiful inlaid jasper, onyx, quartz, and turquoise and red coral chip inlay stones, as well as brass channels. When worn, the necklace rests against the décolletage on most people. There is minor wear to the edges of several shell beads, but this does not affect wear, and the beads remain secure. The price 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 wasn't 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. A form of chalcedony, jasper is an opaque mineral of virtually any color. Jasper is often observed with patterns that occur during the mineral's formation. Certain forms of jasper such as the pale green variety have been popular since the ancient period; the Minoans on Crete favored green jasper for their seals, but green jasper was also popular among the Assyrians, Persians, Greeks, and Hebrews of antiquity.Hailed as a significant gemstone among the ancients, it was also used to produce objects larger than jewelry such as vases and other vessels. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.