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Turquoise Jacla
HK Item #N330

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Turquoise Jacla

5 3/4" long
block turquoise, coral, orange spiny oyster, Read about stones
pre-owned, excellent; no chips, cracks or missing pieces

What is a jacla?

Originally, the jacla was a pair of heishi earrings that were tied onto the necklace, as much for storage as decoration. Later, loops of heishi specific for this purpose were tied onto the lower center of the stone necklace. A variation of this is a Jacla with vertical slab or chunk stones at the center or a layered disc with bead loops hanging from the disc. Read more about jaclas.


Turquoise Jacla

#N330- $65 plus s/h

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Paula says: "This jacla can be worn as a pendant on a necklace or as earrings.

"Are you wondering why this item is not described as Native American? You can find the answer by clicking here."

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The jewelry and artifacts in this collection were gathered by a man born in 1933 and who has been collecting for over 60 years. He has a great love of Native American people, their culture and customs and their art. Living and working most of his life in Texas, he has been particularly drawn to Lakota, Comanche, Apache, Pueblo, Navajo and Zuni pieces. We will be listing items from his collection over the next year, so keep an eye on the Newly Listed Items page.

What is block turquoise?

Block Turquoise is a manufactured material that is made to look like turquoise. It may be all polymer or it may have crushed or powdered turquoise or other stone mixed with resin or polymer. Block Turquoise sometimes has swirls or blobs of dark dye added to simulate the look of natural matrix. The value of block turquoise is that it is very stable, it will not change color or fracture as will natural turquoise. This enables the artist to use smaller beads for necklaces without the danger of them breaking. Jewelry made from block turquoise will look just as bright and beautiful years from now as from the day it was made. Natural turquoise, although beautiful, can deteriorate over time, losing color and stability. Most heishi and jacla necklaces use either block or stabilized turquoise for this reason. Read more about heishi here: All About Heishi.

NOTE: Items in our Vintage Shop are either USED or NEW. They might come from inheritances, estate sales, private collections, and store liquidations. Many items are brand new (NOS , New Old Stock) and in perfect condition while others may show tarnish, scratches and other signs of use. Major issues will be described in detail and shown in photos. Shop items are sold as described and are not returnable.

Horsekeeping LLC - Definitions of Jewelry Age and Condition
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A dark or colored film of oxidation that forms naturally on metal exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance.
30 years or older.
New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.
An item that has been used.
Why isn't this item called Native American?

The US Department of the Interior Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 and its recent Amendments require that items described as Native American or Indian be made by an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe. Furthermore, government regulations suggest that all attributions include the Native American Indian's name, tribe and federal tribal enrollment number. Because it is impossible to identify the artist for many items, even if they are authentic Indian made items, we cannot and will not use the words Native American or Indian in association with such pieces.

Read about authenticity of Native American Indian jewelry.

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