This circa 1920s necklace is loaded with natural pump-drilled turquoise tabs, in shades of green, interspersed with pinshell heishi. We can see the hand carving in the turquoise stones, which are a flattish squat "tab" shape that resemble Chiclets or corn kernels. The tabs are all different shapes yet the sizes blend together nicely, largest pieces toward the bottom and slightly smaller at the top in subtle graduation. At the bottom are rounder stones. The shell heishi spacers are a style common to New Mexico's Santo Domingo Pueblo, but this also could have been Navajo made as this form of shell and gemstones used by Native Americans for centuries and is one of the oldest forms seen in Native American jewelry making. The piece is strung on twine and finished off with a squaw wrap. And old wire with the bit of a torn tag, possibly remnant of a pawn tag, is attached. The piece is intended to be placed on and off over the head. I have found about three broken tabs, which I have captured in Photo 3. There may be one or two more but I did check them carefully. Photo 6 shows the large holes in the tabs from the use of a pump drill.
The necklace measures about 32-1/2" long from tip to tip. The tabs at the bottom--those are about 1/2" give or take, and the smallest tabs are about 1/4" give or take. They are also different thickness, with most in the 1/8" to just under 1/4" range. Weighs 100g.
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