This lady is a prize-winning heishi maker: An age-old form of jewelry, brought up-to-date by modern tools and artistic vision.
Heishi – disks or tubes of shell or stone – used to be laboriously drilled on hand made pump drills, which you twirled like a top, and polished between pieces of rough bark.
Now, dental drills can create minuscule beads that are machine-buffed to a satiny gleam and smoothness. But, there is still a pile of broken debris at the end, just like centuries ago.
Chocolate-y brown baby olive shell is mixed with lighter hues, forming ten strands of silken heishi. Each tiny bead is so small, that all ten strands are no thicker than a single strand of small silver beads.
It looks lovely by itself, plays beautifully with other necklaces, and can even support a pendant.
Light as a feather, classic, tailored, casual; any way you wear it, this necklace will be a regular favorite.
Whether twisted, like the photo, or loosely draped, this is a timeless and amazingly versatile necklace.