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Gaspeite Disk Necklace

$500

Item Number: DR 1375
Tribal Affiliation: Navajo
Artist: Unsigned – unknown
Medium: Gaspeite, shell heishi and sterling silver
Age: Circa 1950s-to early 1960s
Dimensions: 20” length — Gaspeite disks are approximately 5/8”

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Description

This vintage necklace is made of beautiful green Gaspeite, a mineral very close in structure to turquoise. It is made of flat circular cabochons. There are 29 stones which lie flat along the necklace. The piece is finished with hand cut heishi made from shell.  Its vintage age is reflected in the original tiger tail used in stringing the beads and heishi.

Due to the rarity of natural green turquoise, many contemporary artists are using Gaspeite in their jewelry. Gaspeite is a rare mineral resembling green turquoise in appearance. It forms in a variety of shades of green, from very light apple green to a much darker shade and contains a brown matrix.

Condition: Very good – original condition – 3 of the beads have slight wear marks from the tiger tail
Provenance: Purchased from a private collector.