Navajo Multi-Stone Beaded Heishi Necklace with Joclas, c. 1930s.
145.3g, 30" necklace length, with 4" joclas. Total length is 34". Stones include hand rolled turquoise, spiny oyster, and shell beads stone pollished.
The word “heishi” means “shell,” although today it is often used to describe the cut style of beads that are small, flat, disc-shapes. "Jocla" is the Navajo word for "ear string." It is sometimes also spelled "jacla" or "joclah." The Navajo and Pueblo natives would often wear all their jewelry for safekeeping on their person. So their extra "ear strings" or earrings, where often tied to the bottom of their necklaces. Later, this evolved into a necklace style.
Very good condition: The piece has minor cosmetic imperfections and one broken turquoise stone which does not detract from its overall appearance. The materials are in very good condition and show only minor signs of wear consistent with age or prior use.
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Acquired from a private collection in Colorado.