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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  • Elouise Padilla 3 Strand Serpentine Medallion Heishi Necklace
    Elouise Padilla 3 Strand Serpentine Medallion Heishi Necklace-Indian Pueblo Store
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    $ 2,500.00
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  • Joe and Marilyn Pacheco Apple Coral and Turquoise Heishi Jacla Earrings
    Joe and Marilyn Pacheco Apple Coral and Turquoise Heishi Jacla Earrings-Indian Pueblo Store
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    $ 57.00
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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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    $ 1,116.00
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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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    $ 4,680.00
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