Santo Domingo Turquoise and Mosaic Inlay Jacla Necklace
This large, bold and dramatic necklace from Santo Domingo Pueblo in New Mexico is similar to necklaces that were created over a thousand years ago by the Anasazi and found at digs in Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde. The jacla necklace is an ancient style. The word “jacla” in the Navajo language means “ear string” and referred to the two loops of stone tied to the base of the necklace. The loops were worn as earrings during special occasions and ceremonies and tied to the necklace when not in use. Tabular pieces at the bottom of each jacla represent “corn” and most often were white or orange spiny oyster shell. In this contemporary piece, turquoise, spiny oyster, mother of pearl and black jet polished slices are strung with turquoise “heishi” beads. Modern jacla necklaces have the jacla loops integrated into the design and usually are not removable. This superb jacla necklace incorporates heishi and mosaic stone inlay and is an excellent example of top quality Santo Domingo artistry.
20″ Length + 5″ Jacla