Necklace, Natural Stone, Turquoise Heishi, Jaclas, Vintage, '30's, 989

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A once in a lifetime find!

This is very rare and early – circa the 1930s! – Santo Domingo jacla necklace, made of turquoise, red coral, and heishi. The craftsmanship, condition, and patina on this jacla necklace is amazing, perhaps one of the nicest examples of early Santo Domingo artisanship we have ever seen!

 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.

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