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Family - Navajo
NH51 - 19" - $60 plus s/h
Paula: "This necklace is made with real turquoise, coral and jet so there is matrix and natural irregularities which adds to the genuine look and feel of this necklace. Read about jet below."
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, the modern Native American artists also use hand made beads of other natural materials including stones when making heishi necklaces. Read more about heishi here: All About Heishi.
Acoma Jet is a solid, durable type of lignite coal that originated from wood. It is mined around the Acoma Pueblo region, among other places, thus the name Acoma Jet, or Jet for short. It is very popular for heishi, inlay and for fetish carvings. Read more about stones.
comes in all shades of blue, to blue-green, with a possible
shading towards brown-veined greens.
Coral, Red Coral
(also called Red Branch Coral)
Coral jewelry has been found in ancient Egyptian and prehistoric European burials. The Romans believed coral could protect children from harm, as well as cure bites from snakes and scorpions and diagnose diseases by changing colour.