Here we have a super sweet Old Pawn channel inlay heart pendant strung on a hand-crafted two-strand turquoise heishi necklace. The pendant did not originally come on this heishi strand, yet I loved the look and combined them. And they're a great match, in part because the heart pendant turquoise is quite old and has changed color over time, and what really stands out is the creamy sky blue that is especially noticeable as it matches the color of the heishi. The other reason I wanted the two together was that the pendant is such classic hippie style--trues 60s to 70s style--which was an era when we wore lots of choker length and short necklace length heishi. And so the two are meant to be paired. While the turquoise in the pendant is natural, that of the heishi is likely block turquoise, which is manufactured in blocks and often has crushed or powdered turquoise. Even with block turquoise, creating heishi beads as these is quite 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 turquoise strands measure about 17-1/2", tip to tip, which means that is the longest it will fall. But the necklace can be worn on a shorter link, and shortened to just beyond 15". The pendant is in great vintage condition, as are the heishi.
Great classic 1960s to 70s look--perfect for today!
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