Authentic Santo Domingo Heishi Choker Necklace

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James and Doris Coriz - Santo Domingo
Turquoise Jacla Necklace

HK Item #NH62

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Authentic Native American turquoise Heishi Necklace by Santo Domingo James and Doris Coriz

Authentic Native American turquoise Heishi Necklace by Santo Domingo James and Doris Coriz

Authentic Native American turquoise Heishi Necklace by Santo Domingo James and Doris Coriz

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James and Doris Coriz
Santo Domingo Pueblo
Turquoise and Jet Choker

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Heishi Necklaces

Paula says - "A beautifully made necklace of turquoise heishi with a centerpiece of 5 vertical slabs of orange spiny oyster. Very nice contrast and a striking necklace!"

Size
18" end to end;
Center spiny oyster slab is 3/4" long;
Heishi is 3/8" diameter at the jacla tapering to 1/16" at the ends.
Stones
Turquoise, orange spiny oyster, Read about stones
Artist
James and Doris Coriz, Santo Domingo

Authentic Native American turquoise Heishi Necklace by Santo Domingo James and Doris Coriz

Center spiny oyster slab is 3/4" long.

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Heishi Necklaces

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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.


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.

Santo Domingo Puebo artists James and Doris CorizJames 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, the modern Native American artists also use hand made beads of other natural materials including stones when making heishi necklaces. Read more about heishi.

TURQUOISE 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 the heart.
Turquoise comes in all shades of blue, to blue-green and it is the natural variations in turquoise that make it appealing. The color of turquoise in American Indian jewelry ranges from brownish green to bright blue. Found in veins sandwiched in between layers of mother rock, turquoise can show some of the influence of the mother rock in its matrix or veining. The matrix colors range from blue to golden brown to black and sometimes with golden flecks. Many people prefer turquoise with matrix over clear stones. Read more about stones.

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