This vintage beautiful natural heshi turquoise with black matrix necklace is made to look as 2 Jaclas are hanging from a necklace, which were a traditional Pueblo jewelry adornment. The Jacla is comprised of two loops of heshi (turquoise) that were originally earrings and sometimes tied to a stone necklace. Jacla is a Navajo word for ear string. The Rio Grande Pueblo Indians originated the Jacla and traded them to the Navajo. This is one of the oldest style earrings and hanging adornment.The necklace weighs: 74 grams/2.61 ounces. This necklace is: 31 6/8 long and is comprised of a double strand of natural turquoise beads with bell shell heshi used as spacers to separate the large center stones. The necklace graduates from approximately 9-9.5mm to 3-3.5 mm, which then attaches to a single strand of turquoise heshi. The double strand and single strand is separated by 2 triangular turquoise tabs with 2 red hand blown glass beads that are what the Jacla earrings were made with. This necklace is strung on a sinew type string with an old handmade sterling silver hook and eye for closing. The necklace hangs on the neck mimicking 2 Jacla earrings. It really is a very wonderful and interesting piece of old jewelry.
The item "Old Vintage Handmade Zuni Pueblo Jacla Natural Turquoise Heshi Necklace" is in sale since Thursday, August 16, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\1935-Now\Jewelry".The seller is "janetrosemarie" and is located in Winsted, Connecticut. This item can be shipped worldwide.