A reader asked if there could be “gold heishi” as she had some earrings that were made of 24K gold and were called heishi earrings by the company marketing them.
The official definition of heishi goes something like this
heishi – tiny, polished disks or beads made from the shells of clams, oysters, abalone, etc. or semiprecious stones and strung to form necklaces; originating from the Pueblo.
Pueblo refers to Native Americans of the southwest US, namely the Hopi, Zuni and Santo Domingo.
So technically heishi is heishi. It is what it is. But certainly there is jewelry made in the heishi style and what more beautiful way to celebrate the tradition than with lustrous gold !