This vintage Santo Domingo (Kewa) inlaid turquoise shell is highly collectible, with a beautiful American turquoise and shell heishi that is fine and all hand shaped. The turquoise inlay into the shell is in hues ranging from creamy green to blue. The piece is strung with unwaxed twine, which dates it as 1940s to 50s, although it could be earlier. This style of shell jewelry is one of the oldest styles in the Southwest, made for centuries, often for ceremonial use. Findings are not sterling silver. Great vintage piece for the old soul who loves not only vintage turquoise. Is meant to wear high on the collar, either for a man or woman. This piece is standout for the size and age; large Kewa shell pendants from this era can typically run for $900 to $2,800, depending on the size and design.
The pendant measures 2-1/2" wide by 3" long and sits about 1" from the chest. The heishi necklace is 18" not including the length of the pendant, and hangs closer to 22" long. There is some give or stretching in the twine, resulting in gaps in the heishi. When the necklace is worn, the gaps occur on the ends at the back of the neck, at the clasps. This gapping is natural when you have a heavy pendant such as this, worn over time and pulling down on the twine. It is, however, stable and in good vintage condition. Total weight is 95g. To store your necklace, lay it out so that the heishi is not kinked over time. Normally I would store hanging, but in this case we want to minimize the pull on the twine.
Collectible piece of New Mexico Native American jewelry.
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