Handcrafted Heishi Jewelry from Santo Domingo

Native Americans in the Southwest have been wearing beaded jewelry for centuries. The beaded tradition is most closely associated with Santo Domingo Pueblo, known for creating beautiful shell and gemstone beads by hand. These beads are called “heishi,” which means “shell” in the Santo Domingo language Keres. Necklaces with similar bead styles have been found in the ancestral Puebloan sites Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde, and heishi may be the oldest form of jewelry in New Mexico. Traditionally, heishi beads are smooth flat discs, but today the term is used to refer to any small beads that are strung together.

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  • Lupe Lovato Turquoise & Red Spiny Oyster Shell Necklace
    Lupe Lovato Santo Domingo Turquoise and Red Spiny Oyster Shell Heishi Corn Necklace-Indian Pueblo Store
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    $ 205.00
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  • Lupe Lovato Turquoise & Red Spiny Oyster Heishi Necklace
    Lupe Lovato Santo Domingo Turquoise and Red Spiny Oyster Shell Heishi Corn Necklace-Indian Pueblo Store
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    $ 170.00
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  • Joe and Marilyn Pacheco Green Turqoise Heishi Necklace
    Joe and Marilyn Pacheco Green Turqoise Heishi Necklace - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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    $ 185.00
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  • Lita Atencio Santo Domingo Three Strand Green Turquoise Heishi Necklace
    Lita Atencio Santo Domingo Three Strand Green Turquoise Heishi Necklace - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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    $ 790.00
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  • Lita Atencio Santo Domingo Ten Strand Branch Coral Necklace
    Lita Atencio Santo Domingo Ten Strand Branch Coral Necklace - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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    $ 1,015.00
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  • Lita Atencio Santo Domingo Twenty Strand Coral and Turquoise Heishi Necklace
    Lita Atencio Santo Domingo Twenty Strand Coral and Turquoise Heishi Necklace - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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    $ 1,465.00
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  • Kevin Ray Garcia Santo Domingo Red Spiny Oyster Shell Heishi Necklace
    Kevin Ray Garcia Santo Domingo Red Spiny Oyster Shell Heishi Necklace - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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    $ 340.00
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  • John and Mary Aguilar Santo Domingo Four Strand Turquoise Necklace
    John and Mary Aguilar Santo Domingo Four Strand Turquoise Necklace - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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    $ 1,125.00
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  • Nick Rosetta Contemporary Turquoise and Sterling Silver Three Strand Heishi Necklace
    Nick Rosetta Contemporary Turquoise and Sterling Silver Three Strand Heishi Necklace - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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    $ 555.00
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