Chiclets - In 1906 the American Chicle Company.began making a hard-shelled, candy-coated white peppermint gum called chiclets. By 1920, Chiclets were available in bright colors: yellow, green, orange, red, white, and pink. Native americans, most specifically santo domingo artists, began calling their colorful, multi-stone necklaces “chiclet necklaces”, and it is easy to see why. Read more.
Thick olive shell heishi between stones and shells and at the ends to finish off the neck make for very comfortable wearing.
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, modern Native American artists also use handmade beads of other materials including turquoise and lapis lazuli and other stones when making heishi necklaces. Read more about heishi here: All About Heishi.