This is a Dead Pawn Santo Domingo Kewa Pueblo shell necklace. The necklace is created with a center shell overlaid with Turquoise, Yellow Mussel Shell, Abalone Shell, Jet, Red Coral and Sterling Silver inlay. The handcrafted necklace is comprised of Melon Shell, Coral, Turquoise and Serpentine.
The center shell measures approximately 3 inches wide by 2 13/16 inches tall at the widest and tallest points.
The overall necklace length as measured on the inside neckline is approximately 25 inches. Total weight of this piece is 70 grams.
The term Pawn refers to selling jewelry or other personal items for cash. It can also mean exchanging jewelry or other personal items for cash by using the item as collateral for a loan. If the piece used for collateral is not claimed by an agreed upon date, then the item becomes Dead Pawn and the pawn shop becomes the owner of the item and can choose to sell the item to reclaim the cost of the money lent. The term Dead Pawn does not indicate the age of the jewelry. Dead Pawn jewelry can be very old, newly made or anywhere in between.