Authentic Santo Domingo Pueblo Heishi Jacla Necklace
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Irene Lavalto - Authentic Santo Domingo
Turquoise and Spiny Oyster Jacla Necklace

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Santo Domingo Heishi  Necklace

Santo Domingo Heishi  Necklace

Each of the two strands of this brilliant necklace is a wonderful stringing of beautiful tab turquoise beads with amber matrix set off by a two clusters of spiny oyster slabs in a jacla.

The center slab is 1" in length.

Santo Domingo Heishi  Necklace

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Length
18 to 30"
Stones
Turquoise, Spiny Oyster
Artist
Irene Lovato, Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo Heishi  and Spiny Oyster nugget Necklace
The ends of each strand are finished with spiny oyster beads and then into braided and waxed ends that are
tied in the traditional manner.
The beads balance and compliment the spiny oyster jacla.

 

Santo Domingo Heishi  and Spiny Oyster nugget Necklace

Traditional tie ends enable the necklace to be worn 18-30 inches long.

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.

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