This heishi statement necklace created by Santo Domingo Pueblo artist Lupe Lovato features large graduated turquoise disc beads accented by bold orange spiny oyster shell which pair together to form an iconic color combination.
Heishi, which means "shell" in the Santo Domingo language of Keres, is one of the oldest forms of jewelry in New Mexico. Each bead is cut and shaped by hand. The process is extremely labor intensive, and it can take up to two weeks to make a single strand of heishi beads.
Enjoy the craftsmanship and bring exquisite color into your wardrobe with this iconic necklace. Necklace measures 38" long by 1/4" wide with hook closure. Comes with certificate of authenticity.
Our Guarantee of Authenticity
At the Indian Pueblo Store we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.