John and Mary Aguilar Turquoise and Spiny Oyster Shell Heishi Choker Necklace-Indian Pueblo Store
John and Mary Aguilar Turquoise and Spiny Oyster Shell Heishi Choker Necklace-Indian Pueblo Store
John and Mary Aguilar Turquoise and Spiny Oyster Shell Heishi Choker Necklace-Indian Pueblo Store
John and Mary Aguilar Turquoise and Spiny Oyster Shell Heishi Choker Necklace-Indian Pueblo Store
John and Mary Aguilar Turquoise and Spiny Oyster Shell Heishi Choker Necklace-Indian Pueblo Store
John and Mary Aguilar Turquoise and Spiny Oyster Shell Heishi Choker Necklace-Indian Pueblo Store
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John and Mary Aguilar Turquoise Heishi Necklace

Item Number: 126062
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Description

Enhance your style with the bold look of this single-strand heishi-bead necklace handcrafted by Santo Domingo artists John and Mary Aguilar. Blue turquoise beads are strung together and paired with purple spiny oyster creating a vibrant and contemporary color palette that will add warmth to any outfit. A unique statement piece, this heishi bead necklace can be worn with ease inside the collar of a favorite blouse or with a scoop-neck shirt.

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. The process is extremely labor intensive, and it can take up to two weeks to make a single strand of heishi beads. First, the shell or gemstone is sliced into strips, then clipped by hand into small squares. These unfinished beads are drilled and strung on a fine wire. Next, the artist turns the string of beads against a stone wheel to make them round, further shaping and smoothing with sandpaper. Finally, the beads are run against a leather belt to achieve a fine polish. Today, fewer and fewer artists are creating their beads by hand, making true handcrafted heishi necklaces an extremely valuable piece for art and jewelry collectors.

Necklace measures 17-3/4" long and 1/4" wide with hook closure. Comes with certificate of authenticity. 

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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.

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