Vintage Hand Carved Turquoise Leaf Pendant on Heishi Choker Necklace, Santo Domingo Native American Indian Jewelry

$188.00

Here we have a most lovely leaf pendant carved out of natural green-blue turquoise and strung onto an 18" choker necklace with natural turquoise heishi beads, polished and rounded on the edges. This is said to have been made by a Santo Domingo artist. The carved turquoise still has remnants of a yellow wax that would have been used to help keep the stone from breaking during the carving process. I have cleaned out some of that but to really get it out requires force that I'm unwilling to use for fear of breaking the gorgeous leaf. You can that the lines carved into the leaf were all hand done, each line slightly different, some thicker and all very beautiful and natural looking. The heishe beads appear to be the same turquoise, matrixed throughout with fine brown webbing. I estimate this piece to be circa 1970s, given the short length and style of clasp--an artisan style with a 925 sterling silver stamp on it. Carved turquoise leaves are a traditional form from jewelry makers in Santo Domingo Pueblo, but as this piece is not signed we cannot say for certain it is Native American.

Leaf pendant measures about 1-3/4" long by just under 1" wide and is about 1/4" thick at the top and closer to 1/16" wide at the bottom. Necklace is 18" including clasp. There may be some very small and unnoticeable divots in the heishi and/or pendant here and there, as is common with this style of turquoise jewelry, although I looked closely and didn't see anything. The unevenness along the edge of the leaf is intentional, as the shape of a leaf happens to be. In good vintage condition.

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