Vintage Turquoise Nugget and Shell Heishi Necklace, Chunk Turquoise Santo Domingo Native America Indian Jewelry

$224.00

This chunk turquoise necklace is circa 1940s and features polished nuggets and other pieces of beautiful sky blue turquoise interspersed with thick heishi made of shell. Occasionally a shard of spiny oyster is set into one of the spots that one might expect a turquoise nugget to go. The necklace has a squaw wrap, and it is Santo Domingo. Due to age and wear, it could benefit from a re-stringing, which I am happy to do at a small additional cost. But it's important to show the piece in its original state, as this is how we know it is old and authentic. What I love most is the almost random nature of the pieces of turquoise--some are true nuggets, others are wafer thin shards, and at least one is an old broken piece. I have photographed at least one nugget that was drilled in a spot then re-drilled in a different spot. This is not unusual among older pieces, which were never meant to sell to tourists but rather were for personal use. In fact, it was often the case that when a grandma or auntie died, their nugget necklaces would be taken apart and re-used in a new piece. So even an older necklace like this one could have been put together with much older turquoise. Again, what is stand out in this piece is the incredible color of turquoise, which is one of the most dreamy sky blues I've yet to see.

The necklace measures about 30" all the way around, and keep in mind that because it is a squaw wrap closure, it is meant to lift on and off over the head. The biggest turquoise chunk just over 3/4" in length by 5/8" across at the widest point, and the smallest is about 1/8" thick and about 3/4" long. The necklace is strung on twine, again a sign of age, and there is an about 1-1/2" gap in the twine due to the weight of the turquoise pulling the twine over the decades. If you would like this restrung, please convo me and I can set up a special listing, for $25 additional.

Truly vanishing turquoise and history.

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