Markings: Unmarked, tested, and guaranteed. Country of Origin: United States, Pueblo Nation. Gram Weight: 19.7 grams.Length: 9.91 mm to 12.59 mm. Width: 8.86 mm to 4.53 mm. Color: opaque bright blue hue with a tan and gray matrix. Accent Stone: Red branch coral, shell. Red branch coral: 9.90 mm to 13.12 mm long, 2.73 mm to 3.4 mm wide, semi-translucent red-orange hue. Shell: 1.0 mm to 3.56 mm long, 4.65 mm to 5.04 mm wide, opaque cream, tan, and brown hues. 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 heishi shell beads, tumbled and polished turquoise stones, polished branch coral stones. Width: 0.12" to 0.53". Link Type: Beads and stones on wire.
Handmade by a talented Pueblo artisan located in Santa Domingo Pueblo (now Kewa Pubelo), New Mexico, in the 1950s. Features a long wire adorned with a multitude of turquoise, red branch coral, and shell heishi beads. The bright blue turquoise stones are tumbled and polished, contrasting beautifully with the carved cream, tan, and brown shell beads and the naturally long red-orange branch coral stones. Each shell bead was expertly hand-carved. Sterling silver hand-made beads also accent the turquoise and red coral stones.
Finished with a barrel clasp for secure wear. There is some tarnish on the sterling silver, giving the necklace a lovely antique quality. There appears to be one sterling silver bench bead missing from the necklace; this does not affect wear. 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.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. Red Coral is a highly prized stone by Native American cultures and has long been used by artisans in the Southwest. Spanish traders introduced coral to the Navajo, Zuni, Hopi, and other tribes, and it quickly became a sign and symbol of wealth and status in many different Native American cultures. It varies in color from deep red to orange, with red being the preferred choice of Native American jewelry makers. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in this country: US.
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