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Vintage 17" long single strand of Turquoise Heishi is beautifully contrasted by the vivid color of the Coral beads.
Each end of the necklace is completed with a silver cone and beads for a lovely finished look. The silver cone shaped clasps have a Native American design
Beautiful gradations of turquoise Heishi with the largest in the center and the smallest ending next to the Coral.
This necklace is a green turquoise which is more expensive turquoise than the blue turquoise. Blue turquoise is also newer.

The literal meaning of Heishi is "shell" and specifically refers to pieces of shell which have been drilled and ground into beads and then strung into necklaces. More and more frequently, however, Heishi (pronounced hee-shee) has come to refer to hand-made tiny beads made of any natural material.
The origin of Heishi is fascinating indeed, and is inescapably linked to the ancient history of the people most proficient in its making, the Santo Domingo and San Felipe Pueblo Indians. It is safe to say that this is the oldest form of jewelry in New Mexico (and perhaps in North America), pre-dating the introduction of metals.
When one looks at a string of Heishi, the first reaction is frequently "how on earth can a person do that?" or "to be so perfect, it must be done by machines." The truth is, if it seems exquisitely perfect, it was most likely made by the hands of a highly-skilled, extremely patient crafts person.
A string of good Heishi will have a uniform consistency. If you gently pull it through your hand, it should feel like a single serpent-like piece. (Note: Precisely because of the handwork involved, a fine string of Heishi may contain a slightly flawed or chipped individual bead.)

Turquoise is the birthstone of December. It is believed that turquoise tends to bring good fortune, strength and helps overcome illness. Turquoise got its name from the Levantine traders called Turks who brought the stone to Europe from Persia via Turkey centuries ago. Native Americans have prized turquoise since the time of the Aztecs, who mined it in New Mexico. The natural variations that occur in turquoise are part of their appeal and beauty.

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VINTAGE Turquoise Heishi & Coral Beads 1960's NATIVE AMERICAN Necklace (03)


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
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