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Vintage Santo Domingo
coral beads to finish ends.
Vintage Santo Domingo
N255 - $365 SOLD
Paula says - "Hand rolled Kingman turquoise heishi with orange spiny oyster heishi accents, kernels and centerpiece.
"The amount of work that goes into a piece like this is deceiving because the work is so wonderful and the drape and hang is so perfect. One of a kind."
Jaclas are 5 1/2" long.
Centerpiece of spiny oysters discs and coral beads.
Santo Domingo Pueblo artists are famous for their skill in making hand rolled and cut beads known as heishi. Made from shell, turquoise, and other stones, they are painstakingly cut by hand into delicate beads and strung on necklaces.
James Del Coriz and Dolorita G. Coriz of Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico make jewelry in the traditional Santo Domingo way and use excellent Kingman and Sleeping Beauty Turquoise. The beads are hand cut and turned and show excellent character and workmanship. Read more about the artists...
What is heishi?
Heishi means shell and in the past, referred to pieces of shell that have been drilled and hand rolled or ground into bead shapes and strung as necklaces. With the reduced availability of some shell materials, modern Native American artists also use handmade beads of other materials including turquoise and lapis lazuli and other stones when making heishi necklaces. Read more about heishi here: All About Heishi.
What is a jacla?
Traditionally, a heishi necklace would have a secondary pendant called a jacla tied on. Originally, the jacla was a pair of heishi earrings that were tied onto the necklace. Later, loops of heishi specific for this purpose were tied onto the lower center of the heishi necklace. A variation of this is a heishi necklace with vertical slab or chunk stones at the center or a layered disc with bead loops hanging from the disc. Read more about jaclas.
is associated with the sky, and bringing sky energy to earth. It is known as a
master healer stone as it is believed to help speed the healing process. It is
also thought that turquoise can help promote honest and clear communication from
Coral (also called Red Branch Coral)
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