Long Vintage Navajo Turquoise Nuggets & Olive Shell Heishi Jacla Necklace
IT MEASURES APPROX 33 FROM END TO END. THE JACLA SET ITSELF IS APPROX. THE JACLAS CAN BE REMOVED AND RE-ATTACHED EASILY. THIS PIECE WAS RECENTLY COLLECTED IN NAVAJO COUNTRY, ARIZONA. JACLAS WERE traditional Pueblo jewelry adornment, MORE INFO BELOW. 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". Although jaclas are attributed to the Rio Grande Pueblo Indians, they were traded with other tribes so have become associated with the Navajo as well. They are seen in vintage photos being worn by members of all southwest tribes, both men and women. In the oldest style necklaces, the Jacla is a pair of loop earrings tied onto the necklace. 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. According to Mark Bahti, author of Collecting Southwestern Native American Jewelry, Jaclas are rarely seen and highly prized by many NATIVES. CHECK OUR OTHER AUCTIONS TO VIEW OTHER JACLA SETS FROM THIS SAME COLLECTION. Most items we sell are vintage and presumed to be'used', unless otherwise stated. Normal wear and tear is to be expected. Please study all of the pictures carefully, as they are an integral part of the item's description.