This melon shell heishi necklace has in the bottom center five turquoise tabs or "corn," also called "jacla." 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 rest of the necklace or, as in this case, be of contrasting color. In this case, the rest of necklace is made of discs of yellow-beige melon shell with some turquoise up the sides, all graduating smaller toward the ends. I love those turquoise heishi going up the sides and breaking up the melon shell discs, contrasting not only with color but also matching with the jacla tabs. The piece is from Santo Domingo Pueblo, in my home state. These necklaces are worn by men and women alike.
The strand measures 20" long including the clasps. The heishi discs are about 7/16" in diameter at the bottom and closer to 1/4" at the top. The heishi jacla are between 1/2" to 5/8" long by just about 3/8" wide. In good condition, with no chips or cracks in the beads.
Wonderful unisex piece!
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