Silver Turquoise Jewelry History and Information

Silver Turquoise Jewelry has been made worldwide for, literally, thousands of years. In fact, the Cairo Museum in Cairo, Egypt has Silver Turquoise Jewelry carbon dated prior to 5,500 B.C. Native American Indians have made Sterling Silver Turquoise Jewelry with beads for well over a thousand years and Silver Turquoise Jewelry began with the Navajo Indians of the American Southwest around 1870.

American Silver Turquoise Jewelry was well accepted by the American public shortly after the Navajo Indians started creating their Turquoise Jewelry designs. It is believed Indian Traders first took Native American Indian Sterling Silver Turquoise Jewelry to the booming Southern California by the 1880’s and it was well accepted there. By the mid 1890’s, the Grand Canyon had become well exposed by President Roosevelt and the Railroad was in full swing. Tourist came to the Southwest and took silver Turquoise Jewelry made by the Native American Indians home with them as their favoured souvenir from the American Southwest and the Grand Canyon.

There have been several Silver Turquoise Jewelry booms since its introduction to the American public in the 1800’s. The biggest Turquoise Jewelry boom was in the 1970’s as many major publications including Arizona Highways spurred a tremendous amount of interest by the public for this beautiful and Native American handcrafted art.

Today, Silver Turquoise Jewelry is made, primarily, in the Southwestern U.S. by Native American Indians (Navajo and Zuni), Contemporary Anglo and Hispanic) Artists and Sterling Silver Turquoise Jewelry Manufacturer Shops located throughout Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. The quality and design of American Sterling Turquoise Jewelry varies significantly from the above group of producers. There are many different types of markets for Turquoise Jewelry, from high quality pieces with spectacularly beautiful Turquoise Stones and exquisite silver work all the way down to Turquoise Costume Jewelry sold in department Stores, Boutique Shops and Television Marketing Shows. Really, there is Silver Turquoise Jewelry Rings, Pendants, Bracelets, Earrings and more for every type of person with most any lifestyle.

Durango Silver Company of Durango, Colorado USA has been producing some of the finest quality Silver Turquoise Jewelry coming out of the Southwest for nearly 40 years. We specialize in Turquoise Jewelry with Gemstone quality Turquoise and silver work that meets higher standards than most other companies. Another specialty of Durango Silver Company is rare American Turquoise from Turquoise Mines that have been out of production for one reason or another.

We invite you to our “Learning Center” on the Durango Silver Website to read more on Turquoise and to see some examples of Silver Turquoise Jewelry to give you a quick education. We have included photos of different silver Turquoise Jewelry items along with detailed descriptions of each piece. Please scroll down to see the difference between blue Turquoise Jewelry, Green Turquoise Jewelry, Navajo, Zuni and Contemporary Turquoise Jewelry.


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