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Olive Shell Heishi Necklace
with Inlay Pendant
HK Item #N604

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olive shell heishi necklace 15 inches long

pre-owned, excellent
olive shell heishi, turquoise, mother of pearl, brown shell, Read about stones
sterling silver clasp, Read about silver;
beads of unknown metal
15" long end to end;
largest heishi are 1/2" tapering to 3/16" at the ends;
pendant 1" tall

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Olive Shell Heishi Necklace
with Inlay Pendant

HK Item #N604 - $230 plus s/h

olive shell heishi necklace 15 inches long

One inch tall pendant inlaid with mother of pearl, brown shell and turquoise. Pendant flanked by two metal discs of unknown metal.

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olive shell heishi necklace 15 inches long

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.

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.

Our Rescue Mission
Native American Indian Jewelry and Artifacts

We 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.

Items that are not Native American made or that we cannot verify as such go into our Bargain Barn where you can find some real treasures at low prices.

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

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