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VINTAGE KEWA NATURAL #8 TURQUOISE TAB/JACLA NECKLACE
VINTAGE KEWA NATURAL TURQUOISE TAB/JACLA NECKLACE
 
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Artist: Unknown

Circa: 1940's/50's

Provenance: Private collector LB


Our Price: $5,500.00

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Product Code: CLBJ3
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This lovely Pueblo necklace features a mix of Natural blue and green Nevada turquoise tabs separated with graduated Natural turquoise heishi beads. The addition of the 4 strand Natural turquoise Jacla (earring) pairs with white shell corns adds the final touch to this wonderful necklace. At the top is a small traditional wrap. The turquoise appears to be Nevada #8, that has aged in colors over many years and much wear. 983 carats of beautiful natural turquoise.

A great deal of hard work goes into the making of these type necklaces. The smooth, carefully shaped tabs and fine workmanship of the heishi lends itself to a master at his or her craft. It is just beautiful on! The necklace is 14" long (one side) or 28" total length with an additional 4 3/4" long Jaclas.

This style of beadwork is thought to be the oldest form of jewelry from New Mexico and is still practiced today mostly among Native Americans of the Santo Domingo (Kewa) and San Felipe Pueblos. These necklaces have been worn for decades by many different tribes. It predates the metalworking and lapidary techniques practiced by the Navajo, Hopi and Zuni, which were introduced by Europeans.


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