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I acquired this gorgeous, classic, Santo Domingo jacla necklace from A gentleman’s estate in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was made in the 1970’s. “A traditional Pueblo jewelry adornment, a jacla is two loops of heishi that were originally earrings and sometimes fastened to the bottom of a stone necklace as a pendant-like attachment. Jacla is Navajo for “ear string”. The two loops would be removed from the necklace and used as earrings. The Jacla are usually a 4”-6” loop consisting of turquoise heishi with colored shells highlighting the center of the drop. Most jaclas have tabular pieces in the bottom center that are called “corn”. They are most often made from white or orange (spiny oyster) shell or coral. The tips of the jacla loops are traditionally finished off with coral, a contrasting shell or trade beads, often red.” (From various articles describing the history of the jacla)
The artist has polished large, graduating turquoise heishi discs to form the two strand necklace. Five coral beads are at each end, leading into the sterling silver cone closure. Nine spiny oyster pieces of “corn” are at the bottom. The two center longest pieces are 1 ½” long. The whole necklace is 24” long with a three inch silver extension. This is such a terrific example of the old-style two strand jacla necklace.