This vintage three strand necklace has so many textures and shapes and colors--and it looks amazing when worn. The necklace is called a "treasure necklace," and these types of necklaces came about as old necklaces broke and people began to accumulate bits and parts, not just necklaces but maybe beads from an earring, and other pieces. Soon there would be enough to make a whole new piece, and since the accumulated bits--often stored in jars--would be woven in, the finished product would a wonderful mashup of small treasures. This particular necklace was likely made with that concept in mind, although the beads and bits of shell and gemstones could have been purchased for the purpose of creating a contemporary treasure necklace. The piece was made in the 1980s, is strung on twine, and has machine made silver cones on the ends. The ends are also finished off with light shell heishi beads. You'll get a kick out of looking at the various pieces that went into this necklace--turquoise and coral beads, polished quartz, serpentine tabs, and a lot of different types of shells. This was likely Navajo made but since it's not signed, we call it Southwestern.
The necklace measures about 32" long, and the hang length is roughly 14-15" depending on the girth of one's neck. Weighs 164g. In great condition--the stones, beads, and shells all seem to be intact, although if there is a broken corner here or there, it would be very hard to tell.
A treasure chest you can wear!
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