Geronimo Necklace with Heishi beads
These Sterling silver, black jet, turquoise, and lapis heishi beads are mixed with white bone, bamboo coral, and small Thai silver bead accents. The necklace also has a beautiful silver and red coral inlay button closure. Heishe or heishi (pronounced "hee shee") are small disc- or tube-shaped beads made of organic shells or ground and polished stones. They were made by the Kewa Pueblo people (formerly Santo Domingo Pueblo) of New Mexico before they had metals to use in their jewelry creations. The literal meaning of heishi is "shell" and specifically refers to pieces of the shell that have been drilled and ground into beads and then strung into necklaces. Local artists handmade these in New Mexico; the chain length is 24". Peyote Bird Designs specializes in handcrafted artisan jewelry from and inspired by the areas in the American Southwest. Offering a wide range of vintage and contemporary jewelry styles, we strike a delicate balance between old and new in the designs we carry and create. Peyote Bird Designs was founded in 1974 by Mark Alexander, who continues to build upon his original legacy of collecting, creating, and cultivating beautifully handcrafted products from around the world.