6 Pair Heishi Wire Earrings
Paula says: "This lot consists of six pair of sterling silver heishi wire earrings.
"Are you wondering why these are not described as Native American? You can find the answer by clicking here."
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.
Why isn't this item called Native American?
The US Department of the Interior Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 and its recent Amendments require that items described as Native American or Indian be made by an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe. Furthermore, government regulations suggest that all attributions include the Native American Indian's name, tribe and federal tribal enrollment number. Because it is impossible to identify the artist for many vintage items, even if they are authentic Indian made items, we cannot and will not use the words Native American or Indian in association with such pieces.
NOTE: Items in our Vintage Shop are either USED or NEW. They might come from inheritances, estate sales, private collections, and store liquidations. Many items are brand new (NOS, New Old Stock) and in perfect condition while others may show tarnish, scratches and other signs of use. Major issues will be described in detail and shown in photos. Vintage Shop items are sold as described and are not returnable.
Horsekeeping LLC - Definitions of Jewelry Age and Condition
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|A dark or colored film of oxidation that forms naturally on metal exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance.|
|30 years or older.|
|New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.|
|An item that has been used.|