Navajo Turquoise, Shell, and Heishi Necklace with Joclas c. 1940s, 15.5" length (J90427B-0720-004)
- Circa: 1940s
- Size: 15.5''
192.6g, 15.5" necklace length, joclas measure 5". Acquired from a private collection in Florida. The owner inherited this from his father. His father purchased this piece in the 1960s from Little Bear Trading Post in Mesa, Arizona. The word “heishi” means “shell,” although today it is often used to describe the cut style of beads that are small, flat, disc-shapes. "Jocla" is the Navajo word for "ear string." It is sometimes also spelled "jacla" or "joclah." The Navajo and Pueblo natives would often wear all their jewelry for safekeeping on their person. So their extra "ear strings" or earrings, where often tied to the bottom of their necklaces. Later, this evolved into a necklace style.