This multi-strand vintage necklace is exquisite and among the most unusual I've yet to offer. We believe it is Santo Domingo made and although we do not know who made the necklace, we can say that the artist did so with intention. The piece is constructed with eight single strands of heishi that have been carefully braided into a plait, merging into sterling silver cones at the ends. The primary heishi shell used is a light olive shell, and interspersed into those seven strands are turquoise heishi beads. Santo Domingo Pueblo, located north of me by about 33 miles, is the leading producer of heishi, which is a Keresen word meaning "shell." The term "heishi" now applies to the sliced flat circular beads made of any natural material, including turquoise, and in this case, we also have one strand of heishi that is made of pink coral. The artist has left a signature of sorts by weaving into one of the heishi strands a larger red coral bead, off set to the side and flanked by black onyx and mother of pearl beads. While the heishi form is jewelry is similar to what has been found in Anasazi excavations, this particular piece is truly a contemporary innovation. We estimate given the tarnish on the cones and the provenance of the estate from which it came, it was made in the 1980s to 1990s.
The necklaces measures about 20" end to end. The beads are different sizes but most are about 2mm to 3mm, with the pink coral being slightly larger (closer to 4mm). Total weight is 55g. The cones carry a STERLING stamp on each one. In excellent condition as it was properly stored by the previous owner. This necklace will need to be laid flat for storage to maintain the shape.
Beautiful, elegant, uncommon.
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