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  • Heishi Beads Collection

    January 12, 2021

    Heishi (pronounced “hee shee”) beads are disc- or tube-shaped beads with squared or rounded edges. They are similar to heishi cut beads except they do not have faceted smooth round edges and tend to lie closer together  when strung together. 

    This type of bead historically originates from the Kewa Pueblo (Santa Domingo) and San Filipe Pueblo Native American cultures where disc- and tube-shaped beads were crafted from stone (turquoise), coral, shell, or metal. You can see Heishi Beads in many Native American and African jewelry designs.  


    Consider Heishi Beads stacked in necklaces or earrings alone or  spaced with tiny seed beads, Swarovski crystals, or other complementary types of beads. Use them in unique design such as necklaces with stone, wrapped, or stylized metallic with stone inset pendants. Stack or weave them in bracelets alone or with other bead types such as a larger free-form stones (think agate, amethyst, or amber) for a gorgeous focal point to your exquisite jewelry. As a Designers you need this type of bead in multiple colors and stone types in your collection for inspiration and to be equipped for anything you create!





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