Handcrafted by Santo Domingo Pueblo artist Kevin Ray Garcia, this necklace is a statement piece that complements modern fashion while carrying on the Santo Domingo Pueblo's distinguished legacy of jewelry-making. Featuring white clam shell carefully cut into heishi beads, this necklace also features discs of green turquoise and a jacla both tied with a hand-braided waxed nylon cord. With care, the discs can be made into matching earrings.
In Santo Domingo Pueblo, bead-making has been a central part of life for centuries. These beads are known as “heishi,” which means “shell” in the Santo Domingo language, Keres. Most heishi beads are rolled into smooth flat discs, but heishi can refer to any small beads that have been made by hand.
Necklace measures 32-1/2" long by 3/4" wide, jacla measures 5-1/8" long by 1-1/4" wide with an adjustable hand-braided waxed nylon cord. Comes with certificate of authenticity.
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