Delicate and elegant, Heishe (or Heishi – pronounced “hee-she”) necklaces, earrings and other personal adornments are a labor of love. This art form dates back to pre-historic times, before the use of metal. Some ancient specimens date back more than 6,000 years.
Artists such as Inez hand-form the individual beads from turquoise, shells and other stones. Each bead is hand-made, drilled and polished. Inez is the daughter of the late Lorencita Garcia, a long-time PIAM favorite.