This heishi necklace is a "jacla," so called for the tabular pieces of "corn" in the bottom center. These "corn" are made of orange spiny oyster shell, hand cut and carved. Centuries ago, the original jacla was a pair of heishi earrings tied onto a heishi necklace. Later, loops of heishi specific for this purpose were tied onto the lower center of the heishi necklace. This particular necklace is another variation of the jacla. The jacla might match the necklace it is attached to or, as in this case, be of contrasting color. In this case, the rest of necklace is made of discs of blue-green turquoise graduating larger toward the center. Matrix marbles the turquoise with hues of gold brown. What I love about this piece is that turquoise beads separate the larger turquoise discs. Toward the ends are heishi pen shell, which is tightly strung. The silver cones are stamped STERLING. Because it is unmarked we cannot claim with certainty that it is Native American; however, we believe it is Santo Domingo.
The jacla--that group of seven "corn" in the center--measures about 1-3/8″ wide total by 1/2" tall. The total necklace length is 18″ from end to end including the hooks.
A beautiful traditional piece.
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