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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  • Five Strand Nevada Green Turquoise Heishi Necklace
    Five Strand Nevada Green Turquoise Heishi Necklace-Indian Pueblo Store
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    $ 450.00
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  • Sleeping Beauty 4-Strand Heishi Necklace
    Sleeping Beauty 4-Strand Heishi Necklace-Indian Pueblo Store
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    $ 310.00
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  • Charoite 5-Strand Chip Necklace
    Charoite 5-Strand Chip Necklace-Indian Pueblo Store
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    $ 890.00
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  • Joe and Marilyn Pacheco Nevada Turquoise Heish Necklace
    Joe and Marilyn Pacheco Six Strand Green Turquoise Heish-Indian Pueblo Store
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    $ 565.00
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  • John and Mary Aguilar Nevada Turquoise Heishi Necklace
    John and Mary Aquilar Two Strand Nevada Turquoise Heishi Necklace-Indian Pueblo Store
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    $ 1,395.00
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  • Ray D. Garcia Tyrone Turquoise Heishi Necklace
    Ray Garcia Single Strand Tyrone Turquoise Heishi Necklace-Indian Pueblo Store
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    $ 250.00
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  • Mary Coriz Lovato Mosaic Hand Statement Necklace
    Mary Coriz Lovato Lions Paw Shell Mosaic Inlay Graduated Heishi Necklace-Indian Pueblo Store
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    $ 5,850.00
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  • Isaac Valenzuela Spider Web Turquoise Heishi Necklace
    Issac Valenzuela Spider Web Turquoise Heishi Necklace-Indian Pueblo Store
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    $ 360.00
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  • John and Mary Aguilar Santo Domingo Lion's Paw Drop Necklace
    John and Mary Aguilar Santo Domingo Lion's Paw Drop Necklace - Shumakolowa Native Arts
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    $ 405.00
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  • Rodney Coriz Thunderbird Necklace
    Rodney Coriz Thunderbird Necklace-Indian Pueblo Store
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    $ 670.00
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