This elegant 6-strand heishi necklace by artist Isaac Valenzuela (Acoma/Navajo) bestows upon its wearer a striking presence.
Valenzuela drew from both traditional and contemporary influences to handcraft this classic heishi necklace.
Featuring smoothed branch-shaped Mediterranean coral accented by smooth, subtle beads of Sleeping Beauty turquoise, and olive shell, this statement necklace to brings bold color and texture to any outfit.
- Necklace handcrafted by Isaac Valenzuela( Acoma/Navajo)
- Sterling silver
- Coral, Sleeping Beauty turquoise, olive shell
- 6-strand Heishi
- Hook and eye closure
- Necklace measures 22” long x 1” wide
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Isaac Valenzuela (Acoma/Navajo) was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is an artist who specializes in making contemporary, one-of-a-kind heishi necklaces. Utilizing quality materials and unique silhouettes, Valenzuela creates wearable works of art. He is a self-taught artist, and has been actively making jewelry since 2007.
Many Native American artists working today are inspired by the interplay between traditional and contemporary styles. In their work they feel it is important to honor their history, heritage, and culture, including the art forms and techniques passed down through generations of Pueblo families. By mixing and matching techniques, materials, and themes that are contemporary and traditional, they create inspiring work that has made the modern Native American art world extremely vibrant.
Native Americans in the Southwest have been wearing beaded jewelry for centuries. The beaded tradition is most closely associated with Santo Domingo Pueblo, known for creating beautiful shell and gemstone beads by hand. These beads are called “heishi,” which means “shell” in the Santo Domingo language, Keres. Necklaces with similar bead styles have been found in the ancient Ancestral Pueblo (formerly referred to as Anasazi) sites of Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde, and heishi may be the oldest form of jewelry in New Mexico.
Traditionally, heishi beads are smooth flat discs, but today the term is used to refer to any small beads that are strung together. Native American artists across the Southwest are known for handcrafting beautiful bead necklaces using iconic gemstones like turquoise, coral, jet and spiny oyster shell. Beaded jewelry continues to be a vibrant form, as artists create both traditional pieces and more contemporary pieces with non-traditional gemstones, new bead shapes, unexpected color combinations and unique necklace silhouettes.Read our Native American Jewelry Collector's Guide.
At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, and to provide a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes, and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft.
Every work of handcrafted art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by an artist or buyer. At a time when many commercially made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.