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Necklace, Natural Stone, Jacla, Spiny Oyster with Turquoise Carved Fetishes, Vintage, '70's

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TIMELESS DESIGN IS ALWAYS A GOOD INVESTMENT - PLUS IT LOOKS GREAT AROUND YOUR NECK!

This vintage necklace is made in the timeless jacla style, but this one is particularly unique; the strand of hand-rolled orange spiny oyster is interspersed with turquoise and spiny oyster slabs, and most interestingly, carved turquoise fetishes. Attached are a matching pair of hand-rolled oyster jaclas tipped with accenting slabs.

Jacla means “ear string”; although the style is attributed to the Rio Grande Pueblo Indians, they were commonly traded among tribes and have been seen in vintage photos being worn by both men and women of many southwestern tribes. In the original style, the bottom loops of a jacla were a pair of “earrings” that are tied to the necklace; before ears were pierced and earrings were worn in the lobes, they were fashioned into long loops that were worn over the entire ear.

  • materials: orange spiny oyster, turquoise, fetishes
  • dimensions: 17 1/2"
  • jaclas: 3 1/2" 
  • weight: 99 grams
  • condition: nice vintage condition
  • style number: JN1145

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