Our Black Coco Shell Heishi - Graduated diameter, is temporarily strung on strands that are are 16" long. This coconut
shell heishi is dyed black, and is also available in 4-5 mm, graduated, and graduated combos with other types of shell
(see related items below). Just restring on Tiger Tail wire and attach a barrel clasp for a finished necklace.
About Heishi: Heishi are the wafer-like tubular beads which have been used in the jewelry of many cultures from
ancient Egypt to the American Southwest. The origin of heishi in North America is inescapably linked to the Santo Domingo
and San Felipe Pueblo Indians of New Mexico where the art and craft of heishi making reached its highest form. This may be
the oldest form of jewelry in New Mexico, and perhaps in North America, pre-dating the introduction of metals. Crazy Crow
Trading Post's shell heishi is a fine, imported product that should never be confused for the more expensive hand-crafted
shell and stone heishi of Native Americans.