Joe Pacheco is a veteran jeweler who specializes in heishi – little disks of stones and shells.
This ancient form of jewelry is now much more refined than the lumpy chunks and irregular disks of old.
The turquoise here is Royston, characterized by soft green hues, and toasty matrix.
It is stabilized, that is, hardened with polyurethane, to fill its pores, so it is hard enough to form into disks. Even so, there is usually a pile of broken materials, when making heishi.
The turquoise is natural but needed to be hardened, in order to slice, dice, drill, sand, and polish into these beautifully graduated disks.
Minuscule shell disks separate every turquoise disk, giving the choker the attractive look of a “slinky”.
Since it goes so well with casual clothes, as well as business garb, this heishi necklace will get worn very, very often.
Classic, understated, and very handsome, this necklace is equally appropriate for men and women.