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Lovely 5 strand necklace that is so fine and well strung, it is like liquid stone.
The necklace can be worn 24-27 inches long because it has an adjustable chain ending.
Domingo Paul Tenorio
Five strands meet at a large center bead which is a four layer disc of Acoma Jet, Turquoise, White Mussel Shell, and Acoma Jet.
Below the center disc bead are five loops
The Jacla centerpiece hangs 3" long at the center.
Made of Acoma Jet, Turquoise, White Mussel Shell and Coral.
Paul Tenorio from Santo Domingo Pueblo is best known for his fine heishi necklaces and earrings. He is one of the best. His stringing patterns are recognizable so that it is not only the quality of his handmade heishi which characterizes his work, but also his flair for pattern and color combinations which makes his work unique.
What is a jacla?
Traditionally a heishi necklace would have a secondary pendant (called a jacla, jacloh, or jacklaw) of turquoise tied on. Originally these may have been heishi earrings that were stored with the necklace and tied onto it. Then 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.
What is heishi?
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.
Read more about heishi here: All About Heishi.