Traditional Style Turquoise Slab Necklace with Jaatłóół (Jacla)
This necklace is strung with genuine Kingman Turquoise rough cut slabs, combined with shell heishi then finished with a braided closure. Attached to the necklace is a beautiful Jaatłóół (see description below). Only 1 available.
- Length is 29"
- 16 - Genuine Kingman Turquoise slabs (13mm - 35mm)
- Natural Conus shell heishi
Jaatłóół (Jacla) details
- Length is 4.25"
- Turquoise Jasper heishi (dyed)
- Orange Spiny Oyster shell
- Red Jasper (natural) heishi
Through trade with the Pueblo peoples, they became popular amongst The Diné (Navajo) people. The Navajo spelling is Jaatłóół ( jah-klolth - my best attempt at an easy pronunciation), meaning “ear string” and is the most commonly used version of the word, which I will use going forward. In the oldest style necklaces, the pair of loop earrings are tied onto a necklace; the 2 loops should not be separated as it represents the male and female.
The Jaatłóół MIGHT match the necklace it is attached to or be of contrasting heishi. Most have tabular shaped pieces in the bottom center that are called “corn”. They are most often made from white or orange spiny oyster shells or coral, which represents the rainbow. The closure of the Jaatłóół loops are traditionally finished off with red such as coral or heishi beads. Contemporary artists use the design in many ways, enjoy our Navajo versions made by Bessie Smith!!