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Navajo Hawaiian Puka Shell and Turquoise Necklace

Outstanding 1970s Navajo necklace. It is strung with very fine Hawaiian puka shells. The shells are 100% natural, bleached by the sun and tumbled smooth by the Pacific Ocean and the sand. Nice hard to find size. The shells average a diameter of 14.5 mm. They are strung concave sides facing in two-by-two. This is something that I have only seen with one other puka shell necklace and it was Navajo as well. That necklace is in my personal collection. This one is better than mine. 

The three turquoise stones that serve as a pendant are natural. One side is rich with chert matrix and the other is pure turquoise blue. The center stone is 1 1/4" long. Closure is a non-locking Indian clasp with a hand soldered sterling silver hogan bead on each side. Necklace is 19" long. Weight: 95 grams. Needs to be cleaned a bit. 

A rare find. 

I am told that pukas like this are no longer found in Hawaii.