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Kingman Turquoise Heishi Necklace


Item Number: DR 1219
Pueblo: attributed to Santo Domingo Pueblo
Artist: Unknown
Medium: Kingman turquoise and coral
Age:  Circa 1930s
Dimensions: 24 ½” in length



This is a lovely strand of Kingman turquoise Heishi which has been expertly shaped into a wonderful smooth serpentine feel. The matrix on the edges of the discs adds unique color and character. The beads just glide as they slide through your hands. This necklace has not been restrung and is still on the original cotton thread with two tubular coral beads at each end. The largest beads are ¼” wide and taper slightly at the clasp.

The process of creating Heishi made of any natural material takes great skill and lots of patience, even in the hands of an expert craftsman  Creating a strand of Heishi is very delicate time consuming work for many pieces are broken during the smoothing process. It is a labor of love to produce a beautiful piece of Heishi. Although it is not heavy on the neck, this gorgeous piece weighs 39 grams.

Condition: Excellent: original condition
Provenance: Purchased from a private collector in New Mexico.

Additional information

Weight 2 oz