Authentic Navajo Jet and Turquoise Rondelle Choker Necklace

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Teller Family - Navajo
Jet and Turquoise Rondelle Necklace

HK Item #NH71

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Authentic Native American green turquoise Heishi and Jet Necklace by Navajo Teller Family

Authentic Native American turquoise and Jet Rondelle Necklace by Navajo Teller Family

Length
17 1/2" end to end
Diameter
1/2" vertical pieces at center tapering to 1/4" rondelles where it fastens
Materials
Jet, Turquoise, Read about stones
Sterling silver, Read about silver
Artist
The Teller Family, Navajo

Authentic Native American green turquoise Heishi and Jet Necklace by Navajo Teller Family

Centerpiece of five turquoise slabs.

Authentic Navajo - Teller Family
Turquoise and Jet Choker

NH71 - $100 SOLD

Heishi Necklaces

Paula says - "A beautifully made choker necklace of jet rondelles accented with turquoise and a lovely centerpiece of 5 turquoise slab beads to represent the "corn" of a jacla. Very striking!

"A rondelle, or roundel bead, is a bead that is not spherical but flattened somewhat, like a saucer."

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.

Authentic Native American green turquoise Heishi and Jet Necklace by Navajo Teller Family

Sterling silver hook fastener.

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.

Jet (Acoma Jet) - A solid, durable type of lignite coal that originated from wood material. It is mined around the Acoma Pueblo region, among other places, thus the name Acoma Jet. It is very popular with Indian artists for carving fetishes. It is also used for inlaying jewelry but usually is not used in jewelry stone sets. Jet can be heavy or very lightweight and it is sometimes mistaken for plastic. Read about stones.

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