Navajo Pearls are traditionally made sterling silver beads. Silver beads are a traditional art form for Diné silversmiths, and the beads have as many expressions as there are artisans.
Originally created by Native American silversmiths, silver heshi or Liquid Silver jewelry is the understated cornerstone of Southwest fashion. Chic with your favorite t-shirt and jeans, or couture spilling over bare shoulders and silk, Liquid Silver is authentic Southwest style. This traditional Southwestern jewelry has grown popular around the world, and is often combined with colorful seed beads, Turquoise or facetted gemstones and pearls.
The word heishi (pronounced hee-shee) means ‘shell necklace’, and is the word used to refer to the intricate strands of handmade beads of shell, and in modern times, stone. The word heishe comes from the Keres language, which is spoken by the people of the Kewa Pueblo, formerly known as the Santo Domingo Pueblo.
In the Southwest, the Squash Blossom necklace is recognized as the most significant piece in any collection of handmade Native American jewelry.