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Navajo Graduated Turquoise Nugget and Heishi Bead Necklace
Item #45715
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This striking Navajo Graduated Turquoise Nugget and Heishi Bead Necklace is a beautiful statement piece embodying the exceptional lapidary skills of the Navajo artisan who handmade it. Designed with great artistry, the sculptural turquoise nuggets of this Navajo Graduated Turquoise Nugget and Heishi Bead Necklace are interspersed with turquoise heishi. The necklace is completed with shell heishi. Sterling silver hook clasp. Handcrafted in the U.S.A.
One of the most important elements in southwestern Indian jewelry, beads—like the nuggets and discs of this Navajo Graduated Turquoise Nugget and Heishi Bead Necklace—have been made since prehistoric times, most often from shell, stone, clay, wood, and seeds. Navajo turquoise and heishi bead jewelry pieces are curated by our National Museum of the American Indian.
17"l. Naturally occurring turquoise and heishi variations assure each necklace is unique.
Highly regarded by ancient civilizations for its unique aqua coloring, turquoise is a rare phosphate of copper that only forms in the earth's most dry and barren regions. The name turquoise derives from the fact that this gemstone was brought to Europe from eastern Mediterranean traders, known as Turks. Colors can range from green and greenish blue to sky blue. Turquoise is a birthstone for December.

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