Necklace, Natural Stone, Turquoise, Coral & Clamshell Heishi, Jacla, Santo Domingo, Vintage with Provenance, '92, 1064

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Timeless design is always a good investment -- plus it looks great around your neck!

This vintage Santo Domingo necklace is made in the timeless jacla style. Crafted of clamshell heishi, red coral, and turquoise, with a pair of matching jaclas, tipped in turquoise hanging from a unique turquoise disc-bead joining.  

 Jacla is the Navajo word for “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.

  • artist: unknown
  • affiliation: Santo Domingo (Tewa)
  • materials: clamshell heishi, turquoise, coral
  • dimensions: 33" length + 4 3/4" jaclas
  • weight: 110 grams
  • closure: sinew wrap
  • condition: nice vintage condition, one turquoise stone on jacla is cracked but still attached to ear string
  • style number: JN1064
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