Fabulous Santa Domingo necklace with detachable pendant! The Heishi necklace is made with apple coral and jet. This would be easy to wear on it's own. The pendant is inlay-ed with silver, jasper, spiny oyster and turquoise.
Santo Domingo today is the leading producer of the sliced handmade flat circular beads known as heishi. Some heishi necklaces contain over 10,000 beads so finely cut they look like strands of hair. Other than Santo Domingo beads, its artists are also famous for inlaid pieces, often featuring turquoise on shell bases, and for slab jewelry of both genuine and chalk (reconstituted) gemstone, mainly turquoise tab earrings. If you are in the west you will surely see Santo Domingo Jewelry and especially Santo Domingo Beads in all the major galleries. Santo Domingo Jewelry is famous for its hand-rolled turquoise heishi beads. The Santo Domingo Beads are very fine, some of the best heishi on the market. Almost everyone loves Santo Domingo Jewelry and the Santo Domingo Bead Jewelry is very easy to wear everyday. The word "Heishi", is from the Keresan word meaning "shell," and traditionally referred to shell beads. Today, however, it describes tiny, flat handmade beads of any material. In ancient necklaces made by Anasazi, a necklace might contain thousands of beads. In the old days, each bead began its life as a rough shell fragment, which was drilled with a cactus needle and sanded with hundreds of other fragments on a foot-powered stone wheel. Modern innovations include power tools and large beads featuring inlaid patterns of other stones. Many other tribes, especially the Zuni, purchase Santo Domingo Heishi and incorporate it into their own work. When you take this into account there is a lot of jewelry out there that is at least partly Santo Domingo Jewelry. This Santo Domingo necklace is a great addition to one's collection.