Vintage 70's Coral Heishi Inlaid Necklace
Native American Vintage Jewellery
Lovely 1970's Southwestern vintage Heishi bead necklace. Blue coral heishi beads and white polished shell joiners at pendant, which is an inlaid mixed stone triangular pendant; a turquoise chip, a pink quartz and a marble - brass barrel clasp.
Wearable Length 51.5cm, Pendant 2.2cm x 4cm
Excellent vintage condition, shows a little wear commensurate with age, bottom right corner of pendant has a coarse patch flea bite, the cracks you can see in the stone are natural lines not cracks under the polished layer (can't be felt with a fingernail) - lovely 70's necklace.
About this Piece
Chip inlay is a jewellery technique whereby cavities are carved into silver and filled with a mixture of crushed natural stone; typically turquoise, coral or lapis and an epoxy resin. Once the resin has cooled and hardened, it is polished smooth. The technique is popular in both Mexican and Native American jewellery - the colour often vibrant and the layers of crushed stone give a nice depth.
What is Heishi?
'Heishi' is the Santo Domingo word for 'shell'. The term refers to fine, hand rolled small disk beads made of shells, corals or ground and polished stones. The name and beads are made by the native Pueblo People of New Mexico in the RIo Grande pueblos.