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Navajo Turquoise Nugget and Heishi Bead Necklace
Item #45714
$170.00
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Showcasing the exceptional lapidary work of Navajo artisans, this Navajo Turquoise Nugget and Heishi Bead Necklace contrasts nuggets of hand-shaped turquoise with discs of handmade heishi (small tubular discs, usually of shell). This Navajo Turquoise Nugget and Heishi Bead Necklace is secured with a sterling silver lobster clasp. Handcrafted in the U.S.A. by a Navajo lapidary artisan.
One of the most important elements in southwestern Indian jewelry, beads—like the nuggets and discs of this Navajo 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.
21.5"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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