Superb Turquoise & Shell Heishi Bead Necklace with Jaclas

Gem Set Love

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A beautifully crafted and colorful double-strand of heishi beads is adorned with a jacla. Graduated heishi beads of dark blue-green turquoise and white shell are accented with nuggets of deep red spiny oyster and glossy coral beads. The jacla is wonderful, generously sized and supple. There is no clasp; the beads are strung on string that can be tied at the back of the neck. Circa 1970.

A jacla (Navajo for "ear string.") is two loops of turquoise and shell heishi beads that are strung individually and then tied together so they may be hung from a bead necklace, like a tassel. Originally, in the 19th century, the loops were worn separately as earrings. The earrings were tied to necklaces for storage purposes, and over time jaclas came to be worn intentionally as necklace pendants. The white beads at the bottom of the loops represent corn kernels.

Heishi (meaning "shell") beads are small disc or tube-shaped beads made of shells or stones, traditionally cut, polished and drilled by hand. They originate with the Kewa Pueblo, previously known as the Pueblo of Santo Domingo, people of New Mexico.

Details.....The beaded necklace is 20" long with 16" additional inches of textile. The beads graduate from 3.6mm to 17.6mm. The jaclas are 6" long. In Very Good Vintage Condition. You should always expect some wear on your vintage and antique jewels, we consider it part of the charm.

Item #JJ7

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