Navajo Three Strand Turquoise and Shell Hieshe Necklace

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Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Necklaces
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: shell, turquoise, silver
  • Size: 29-½” long
  • Item # C4304F
  • Price: $595.00

Very simple hook and loop connects this necklace.

Necklaces of this style have been and still are being made by artisans of Santo Domingo Pueblo and Diné of the Navajo Nation.  We have customarily assigned the origin to Santo Domingo Pueblo if the ends contain a pueblo wrap and to Diné if the ends have silver cones.  This may or may not be scientific but does seem logical. This three-strand necklace has silver cones at the ends.

There are 179 individual turquoise gemstone nuggets total in the necklace.  They range from clear blue to blue with matrix, flat discs drilled off center, small nuggets drilled in the center, round, triangular smooth, and a variety of sizes.  It is this combination of color, shape and size variations that makes this such a commanding necklace.  

Condition: this Navajo Three Strand Turquoise and Shell Hieshe Necklace is in original condition

Provenance: from the collection of a Colorado gentleman

Recommended Reading: FINE INDIAN JEWELRY OF THE SOUTHWEST: The Millicent Rogers Museum Collection by Shelby Tisdale, Ph.D.

Relative Links: necklaceheishiNavajoSouthwest Indian Jewelry

Close up view showing different color turquoise.

Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Necklaces
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: shell, turquoise, silver
  • Size: 29-½” long
  • Item # C4304F
  • Price: $595.00

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