This 1950’s Santo Domingo ten strand heishi necklace with its Angel Skin coral in light salmon and off-white is simply superb, and the generous length adds to its unique flavor. The central part of the necklace features ten strands of Angel Skin coral heishis with alternating sections of off-white and soft light salmon. The central sections of coral are framed on each side by sections of bright silvertone rice beads which transition to five strands of Angel Skin. The five strand sections lead to the cones and then to the hook and eye closure.
The necklace is long, measuring 30 inches in length. The cones are a flexible coil, and the hook and eye are attached by the string. This necklace is true vintage. It is strung on cotton string with the stringing and knotting style used during the 1940’s and 1950’s. If you would like, I could replace the original string with new stringing wire. The necklace would then be safe to wear without breaking, but it would change it as a collector's piece. This type of necklace is often seen in old photographs and drawings of Santo Domingo, Zuni, and Hopi people.
The Santo Domingo are located in New Mexico and are one of the 21 Pueblo tribes living in the Southwest. They share their heritage with other well-known pueblos such as the Zuni, the Hopi, the Taos, and the Acoma. They are descendants of the Anasazi who first created heishis, using the tiny shell beads in their jewelry. This Santo Domingo necklace represents traditional jewelry designs and artistic creations of the Anasazi dating a millennium ago.
The necklace is in excellent vintage condition, especially considering its age. The knots and string do show at the base of the cones, and it is important to remember that it is the original stringing material, so appropriate care should be taken. This Santo Domingo necklace with its subtle shades of coral is truly fabulous, and is definitely a collector’s dream.