Turquoise Heshi Necklace with Spiney Oyster Shell

Native American

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• Size: 19" Long, Beads 1/8" Wide to 3/8", 5 Bead Jacla Area 3/4" x 3/4"
• Material: Turquoise, Spiney Oyster Shell, Sterling Silver
• Origin: Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico

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. Tabular pieces at the bottom represent corn.