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Chinese Chunk Turquoise Necklace


Item Number: DR 1237
Tribal Affiliation: Navajo
Artist: Unknown
Medium: Chinese turquoise and shell heishi
Age: Circa 1980s
Dimensions: 30” in length



Bright freeform Chinese turquoise nuggets are interspersed with shell heishi on this lovely necklace. It is strung on wire with a sterling silver clasp. This necklace weighs  140 grams. This gorgeous heavy chunk necklace is meant to be worn with everything and everywhere.

Turquoise has been mined in China for over 6000 years, producing beautiful high grade stones. Many of the mines in China are now shutting down due to the limited supply of turquoise; just like the mines in the United States. As is true here, much of the Chinese turquoise in the past several years has been stabilized to protect the beautiful colors of the stones. One side effect of this process is that the stones will not absorb lotions and body oils as easily, meaning the stones are not likely to change color over time.

Condition: Excellent – original condition
Provenance: Purchased from a private collector in Montana

Additional information

Weight 12 oz