There is a term associated with fetish necklaces – stacked.
That refers to fetishes strung one right on the top of one another rather than separated by a length of heishi. If heishi is used, it can be pen shell, olive shell, white clam shell, turquoise, jet or other.
Here are some examples of the various heishi that is used in between fetishes.
Here is an example of a “semi-stacked” fetish necklace, that is, one that has just a small amount of heishi in between each fetish.
Here are some examples of true stacked fetish necklaces, those that are fetish on fetish.
Every artist has his or her own vision of what a fetish necklace should look like:
the size of the fetishes
the style of the fetishes
the stones and shells used for the fetishes
the stones and shells used for the heishi
the space between the fetishes
the type of closure (more on that in tomorrow’s post).