Description: For centuries, Santo Domingo Pueblo Indians have been known to be the most proficient in the heishi making process, the oldest form of jewelry in New Mexico. Heishi (hee-shee) is a term referring to hand-made beads, usually as necklaces, created from any natural materials such as turquoise, coral, abalone, serpentine, lapis, black jet, etc. Traders would bring such raw materials to the Santo Domingo Pueblo from California, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado, and surrounding New Mexico mines. Depending on the raw material used, it can take from two days to two weeks to hand-produce one single string of heishi beads.
Material: Turquoise, Jet, Shells, Pipestone
Dimensions: 17-1/2 inch long. Beads taper from 4mm to 5mm (approx)
Weight (in grams): 17