Olive Shell Heishi Necklace
Item #N604 - $230
One inch tall pendant inlaid with mother of pearl, brown shell and turquoise. Pendant flanked by two metal discs of unknown metal.
15" long end to end strung on wire with sterling silver hook and loop.
What is heishi?
The word heishi means
shell, and in the past it 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 make
heishi beads from other natural materials such as coral. Read
more about heishi.
About Olive Shell
Olive shells are mollusks found mostly in warm tropical seas. These snails are carnivorous sand-burrowers, feeding mostly on bivalves and carrion and are known as some of the fastest burrowers among snails. An olive shell is smooth, and oval-shaped with various muted but attractive colors, and often patterns.The shell surface is extremely glossy because in life it almost always covered and protected by a mantle.
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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.|