Heishe or heishi (pronounced "hee shee") are small disc or tube shaped beads made of organic shells or ground and polished stones.   The origins come from the Santo Domingo Pueblo Indians, New Mexico, before the use of metals in jewelry by that people.  Heishi Bead is the word for shell bead in the Eastern Keresan language of the Santo Domingo Indians.  Modern heishi beads are commonly mechanically mass produced; however, some artists still hand make beads. The beads are hand-chipped, with holes drilled through their centers using pointed stones.

Red Heishi Beads

Silver Plated Nickel Chain

Sterling Silver O Connector

Silver Plated Nickel Lobster Closure

Native American Red Heishi Beads & Bold Chain Bracelet


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