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)

This necklace is 23” long. Six pieces of spiny oyster shell, and one piece of turquoise make up the “corn” extensions to the turquoise discs. The longest piece of turquoise is 1” long. This is a beautiful example of classic, traditional Santo Domingo beaded work.

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