Vintage Santo Domingo 14 Strand Turquoise Heishi Kingman Turquoise 26" Necklace

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Vintage Santo Domingo 14 Strand Turquoise Heishi Kingman Turquoise 26" Necklace

850.00

ABOUT HEISHI

Santo Domingo Pueblo people are known for their wonderful lapidary skills & have been working with stones & shells many a year back, in more of a primitive time...For those of you who are familiar with Heishi,it is where they take either the large rock or shell of choice to be used & then gridding & cutting it into squares,to then drilling a hole into each & every piece & after stringing the square pieces on wire,they are then shaped into rounded beads..This technique is known to them & is a VERY time consuming process,especially when the stone is cut as fine & small like you will see in this necklace..The smaller the beads,the more time...To tell how skilled one is that does "Heishi",is seeing how uniform the beads come out...Before Santo Domingo people started using Sterling hardware for their closures,necklaces were made longer in order to fit over the head & made with the 'Squaw Wrap"..

DESCRIPTION:

The turquoise is from the  of Arizona Kingman mine & have lots of black matrix & is very even, in not only color, but each 2 mm range bead size.From time,It has naturally,twisted itself over the years (See last photo)..The Squaw Wrap helps to make it more comfortable on the back of the neck.Some of the strings have excess & can be cut down.

Would drape nicely against any outfit & compliment any turquoise jewelry collection.It has a very wearable weight.

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ARTIST: Unknown

LENGTH: 26"

WEIGHT: ~3.5 OUNCES

STRANDS:~14

STYLE:Turquoise Hand Cut Heishi Necklace

STONE: Kingman Turquoise

STONE MEASUREMENT: 2 mm Range 

CUTS: Tubular Beads

TRIBE: Santo Domingo Pueblo

CONDITION:Heishi is good,on "Squaw Wrap",there are some loose threads poking out

AGE:~1960's-1970's

This is a vintage necklace that was owned by a Santa Fe collector,that ended up selling it to a Santa Fe gallery that ended up closing it;s doors around 6 years ago & put it in storage,till I was asked to sell it for them.They had a price of $1100 on it back then..I was told that it came from the late 60's-early 70's..