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Sterling Silver
5-Strand Heishi Necklace
with Abalone Window Pendant
HK Item #N429

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5-Strand heishi necklace with window pendant 18 inch

Size
18" end to end;
pendant 1 3/4" x 1 1/2" not including wire bail;
contoured cones approximately 3 1/2" long
Material
abalone, turquoise, coral, jet, shell heishi, Read about stones
sterling silver, Read about silver
Hallmark
none
Artist
unknown
Condition
pre-owned, excellent, bright patina; heishi firmly strung with no cracks, chips or missing pieces

5-Strand heishi necklace with window pendant 18 inch

5-Strand heishi necklace with window pendant 18 inch

Contoured stamped sterling silver cones approximately 3 1/2" long.

NOS Jewelry

Sterling Silver
5-Strand Heishi Necklace
with Abalone Window Pendant

N429 - $495 plus s/h
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

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Paula says - "This is a beautifully made necklace and very unique. The colors of the heishi are exquisite. The 5 strand necklace is finished off with long contoured stamped sterling cones. The handmade abalone pendant makes a perfect night sky that is decorated with a sunface and four stars. A lovely white mother of pearl bird is flying through a window over the mountains. A lovely piece of wearable art.

"In my opinion, this necklace shows all the design characteristics and workmanship of being Native American made. But because there is no hallmark that we can attribute to a specific artist we can't legally sell it as Native American made - read more."

5-Strand heishi necklace with window pendant 18 inch

Pendant 1 3/4" x 1 1/2" not including bail.
A mother of pearl bird is flying through a hole over the mountains with a sunface and stars above.

5-Strand heishi necklace with window pendant 18 inch

Back of pendant with mother of pearl bird.

 

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5-Strand heishi necklace with window pendant 18 inch

Is it Mother of Pearl or Abalone?

Mother of pearl, also known as nacre, is the outer coating of pearls and is also a protective layer that forms the lining of some mollusks including abalone. It is strong, resilient, and iridescent, which means that it changes color as the angle of view or the angle of light changes. Mother of pearl from most mollusks has a milky white or silver appearance, whereas mother of pearl from abalone has dark rainbow hues. Read more . . .

Our Rescue Mission
of
Native American Indian Jewerly and Artifacts

Native American Jewelry blog tips and informationWe are in the vintage Native American jewelry rescue business and are passionate about finding new homes for used and vintage jewelry and artifacts. That's why we purchase Native American pieces from estates, inheritances, collection downsizing and New Old Stock (NOS) inventory from closed stores.

Often people contact us after taking a box of Native American jewelry to their local pawn shop and find that a pawn shop is mainly interested in melt value of the metals and not in preserving the beautiful historic pieces. To hear that people have considered selling these treasures for melt value makes us truly sad.

Melt value is usually far below what we would offer for the jewelry. Yet we can't pay retail price for items because of the time and cost involved in finding new homes for them. We have to research, often repair and restore the jewelry, photograph and list each item on our website, and sometimes hold pieces in inventory for years until the right buyer comes along.

We hope you'll find something special in our vintage shop that will complete yet another circle of our jewelry re-homing mission.

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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Patina
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.
Vintage
30 years or older.
NOS
New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.
Pre-owned
An item that has been used.

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 NOS items, even if they are Indian made items, we cannot and will not use the words Native American or Indian in association with such pieces.

Read about authenticity of Native American Indian jewelry.

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