Here we have a very fine white clamshell heishi necklace strung on twine and likely from the 1940s to 1960s. It is hard to imagine the work that went into creating these six strands of heishi beads. They are smooth and delicate, and each of the shell pieces has dimension. This came to me from the estate of a New Mexico anthropologist (she would be close to 100 years old now) and her granddaughter has told me that her grandmother came to be "family" of many of the Native Americans who she met over the decades of working in the American Southwest. Perfect for the person who loves authentic jewelry from that era. A note on size: photos make everything look big. These heishi pieces are among the finest I have ever offered, each so delicate that they would barely register on a mm scale. Creating heishi beads as these is challenging. From the Santa Fe Collectors Guide: "A string of good heishi will have a uniform consistency. If you gently pull it through your hand, it should feel like a single serpent-like piece." It may look like it's done by a machine, but: "The truth is, if it seems exquisitely perfect, it was most likely made by the hands of a highly-skilled, extremely patient craftsperson."
The necklace measures about 24" long as closed currently, although they could be untied and would measure slightly longer. The heishi beads are super small, and we are talking 2mm-ish size. Total weight is about 11g.
Perfect gift for the collector of authentic old Native American jewelry.
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