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Daily Wire Tip Aug. 13: Heishi Beads
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
August 13, 2010
Can you explain exactly what the bead type heishi is?
-Phyllis in Carlisle, Pennsylvania
The word heishi is Native American in origin, and means shell necklace. Using beads made of shell pieces that have been hand-shaped (usually in a cylindrical or drum shape) creates a genuine heishi necklace. Modern suppliers use this term to describe about any bead that has the heishi shape (including shell beads).
For an interesting article that details genuine heishi, I invite you to read What You Need to Know About Native American Heishi Jewelry.
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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