Santo Domingo Turquoise Heishi Necklace with Coral Accents

Artist Unknown

Santo Domingo Turquoise Heishi Necklace with Coral Accents, Jewelry by Artist Unknown
  • turquoise and coral heishi
Savvy Price $785.00
Gallery Price $975.00
Title
Santo Domingo Turquoise Heishi Necklace with Coral Accents
Artist
Artist Unknown
Medium
Natural blue green to green turquoise, red orange Mediterranean coral, sterling round wire
Troy ounces
1.23 troy ounces
Size
Overall length is 19 7/8". Heishi cut beads range from 3/8" diameter in front to about 1/8" diameter at each end.
Date of creation
1920's
Condition
Excellent
Turquoise
Natural blue green to green turquoise, likely from more than one mine
Description
There was a need to replace the old cotton trading post parcel string on which these beads were strung. The string has been replaced with a three-ply twist of sinew colored Kevlar cord. The natural color and knotting are identical to the original material's appearance, but will now be entirely durable to wear for many years to come.
Provenance
ST
Gram weight
38.4 grams
About The Santo Domingo Turquoise Heishi Necklace with Coral Accents

Fashioned by a Santo Domingo artist nearly 100 years ago, turquoise nuggets and pieces of seam material were flattened on opposing sides, drilled from each side halfway to the middle, then through.  These drilled pieces were lined up and strong on a wire.  From this point the artist proceded to round exposed outsides edges of each bead against an abrasive surface, creating the relatively uniform and slightly rounded disks you see.

The same process was applied to each piece of branch coral used to make the attractive fineals where the strand is tied off and a hand-made wire clasp of silver is attached.

This wonderful necklace has a lot of surface character and retains the satin finish originally given it by the artist.  That soft whisp of sheen is what gives this necklace a certain pleasing intimacy and attraction, characteristics that will continue to improve over time.

About Artist Unknown

"Unknown artist" is appropriate when a work of art is unsigned and a supported opinion about who made it is not available (on Savvy Collector).. "Attributed to" precedes the name of an artist when information suggests that it likely was made by that artist (on Savvy Collector).

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Keywords

turquoise heishi, turquoise and coral heishi