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This is a Rare Vintage Santo Domingo Tribe Necklace from an Estate of a Indian Jewelry Collector.

***Santo Domingo "Depression" Necklaces originated in the 1930s, but were sold well into the 1960s. These necklaces were made of found materials and were the first jewelery items for which the Santo Domingo Pueblo became well-known. The red typically came from red plastic dinnerware or Dairy Queen spoons. Plastic from car batteries or old records was used for the black backing. These necklaces were often sold by the roadside.
They are now quite collectable, very expensive, and one in pristine condition can go for well over a thousand dollars***.

This piece was at one time professionally re-strung from the string it once hung on.. It has all the original pieces and closes with a twist cap.
It has 20 turquoise irregular shaped beads, 8 inlaid side beads, one center thunderbird and 4 sterling silver hand made beads.
All strung with the beige heishi beads in between.
This one stands out from others I have seen, as it has the chunky Turquoise beads as well as the Sterling beads.
It's also a bit longer than the others :)

The Thunderbird is 2 inches high by 1.5 wide.
The Necklace is 29 inches long.
Each turquoise chunk bead is approx. 1/2 inch.

Circa 1940's Era.
Excellent Condition.

Necklaces similar are showcased at the Ralph Lauren Shop in New York City.

RESERVED Vintage Santo Domingo Depression Thunderbird Necklace Inlaid Native American Indian


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
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