Archive for September, 2011

Beaded Bracelets

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Beaded Bracelets

Beaded Bracelets

We have just finished a very nice Beaded Bracelets  informational page, come and check it out!

Durango Silver Company specializes in Beaded Bracelets, we use authentic gemstones to make our special pieces such as this Beaded Bracelet in the photo to the left. If you would like to see more information and additional photos of this Beaded Bracelet, follow this link.

We have had our Jewelry Gallery here in Durango, Colorado USA since 1976 and have been collecting gemstone beads since that time. Turquoise Beads have changed, however, the Turquoise Beads used to come from the Santo Domingo Indians and they were substantially more expensive.  We still use old Santo Domingo Beads in our Beaded Bracelets.

Beaded Bracelets

Turquoise Beaded Bracelet

 Durango Silver Company specializes in authentic Turquoise Beaded Bracelets such as this Beaded Bracelet to the right. Nattarika Hartman hand beaded this amazing five strand blue Kingman Turquoise Beaded Bracelet and she always uses 925 Sterling Silver findings to complete her Beaded Jewelry.

Nattarika selects her gemstone beads from our 40 year collection of authentic and natural gemstone beads. Naturally, Turquoise is her favorite and we have a large stock of rare Turquoise Beads that we have collected throughout the years of being in the Southwestern Silver Jewelry Business, however, we have a vast amount of  the gemstone beads that she uses to make her one of a kind Beaded Jewelry.

Beaded Bracelets

Beaded BraceletDurango Silver Company produces a wide variety of Beaded Bracelets. This Beaded Bracelet to the left has a Australian Bolder Opal center stones and is beaded with awesome filigree Silver Beads from Bali. We always have many different and unusual Beaded Bracelets with many different types of gemstones and many with Silver Beads as well.

Also, check out some of our informational presentation pages on Turquoise Beads,  Turquoise Beaded Jewelry, Turquoise Beaded Earrings, Turquoise Bead Necklaces and our Turquoise Beads Video.   We invite you to view the different Beaded Jewelry we have on hand now by typing in beaded Jewelry or even Beaded Bracelets.

Navajo Jewelry Origins

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Navajo Jewelry Origins

Navajo Jewelry Origins

 We have just completed a great new informational page on Navajo Jewelry Origins and invite you to view it – we think you will get a lot of  great informative information from this presentation.

Navajo Jewelry began around 1865 when a Navajo Blacksmith by the name of Atsidi Sani learned how to work with Silver from the Spaniard that came up from Mexico in search for Silver and Gold. Navajo Jewelry with Turquoise began shortly after as the Navajo has been wearing Turquoise Beads as well as other Turquoise ornaments for hundreds of years. Navajo Jewelry origins are from the Southwestern United States in the present Arizona and New Mexico regions.

Shortly after Atsidi Sani learned how to make Silver Jewelry he found that it was admired by the Navajo people and the demand for his work was more than he could produce. Atsidi Sani taught several other Navajo’s how to Silversmith and Navajo Jewelry took off. It was not long and the Indian Traders found that Native American Silver Jewelry was a good trade item and began making a brisk business in the Southwestern Silver business.

Navajo Jewelry

Navajo Jewelry OriginsEarly Navajo Jewelry was made with coin Silver that the Navajo’s would get from the U.S.Calvary, Indian Traders and Trading Posts. The earliest of their Jewelry was made with primitive tools and this is called First Phase Navajo Jewelry – this Jewelry is valuable and very hard to come by. The second phase of Jewelry is when their Jewelry became commercialized by the Indian Traders, the Navajo’s were now making Silver Jewelry for the marketplace. In the second phase, the Indian Traders helped the Natives with modern tools such as hammers, chizels and soon Silver slugs in leu of coin Silver. Second phase Navajo Jewelry is also valuable but is more common and much easier to find. The Turquoise Ring to the left is a late second phase period from about 1925.

Turquoise Navajo Jewelry 

Navajo Turquoise JewelryNavajo Turquoise Jewelry has been popular by Americans as well as other individuals throughout the world as it is some of the most unique Silver Jewelry in the world. Navajo Indian Jewelry is one of the most unique and notible items that we inherited from the great western American Frontier years and it is an important American Heritage of the United States of America.

View additional links related to Navajo Jewelry origins, Navajo Jewelry,  Navajo Silver Jewelry and Navajo Turquoise Earrings.

The piece of Navajo Jewelry on the right is a classic old Navajo Turquoise Bracelet which was made about 1940. This is a very nice example of old Navajo Jewelry and is collectors quality Turquoise Jewelry.

Jewelry Gallery

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Jewelry Gallery

Southwest Jewelry GalleryThe Durango Silver Company Jewelry Gallery has been located in Durango, Colorado USA since 1976. We specialize in Sterling Silver Jewelry in a Southwestern design and our gemstone of choice is authentic American Turquoise. We produce Silver Jewelry in-house as well as handle Jewelry by Native American and Contemporary Artisans from the Southwestern regions of the USA.

Jewelry Gallery

Our Jewelry Gallery specializes in handmade Jewelry by Southwestern Artisans that create one of a kind Jewelry such as Rings, Earrings, Bracelets, Necklaces and Pendants. We handle Jewelry with many types of colorful gemstones such as Turquoise, Coral, Lapis, Sugilite, Gaspeite, Opal, Amethyst, Garnet, Ruby, Spiny Oyster and more.

Jewelry Gallery Online

Durango Silver Company has had our online Gallery for several years, however, we have been working on the Internet for the Native American Indian community since 1997. Our online Jewelry Gallery specializes in Silver and Turquoise Jewelry from the American Southwest. We offer a wide variety of quality Silver Jewelry and we also are known for having the finest American Turquoise in our Silver and Turquoise Jewelry. We have collected high grade Turquoise for over 40 years and we have several Turquoise Mines in Nevada that we mine. We cut most of the gemstones used in our Jewelry so we are certain our gemstones are authentic and of the highest quality possible.

 We hope you will take a look at our Online Jewelry Gallery and if you are in our area we invite you to visit the Durango Silver Company Jewelry Gallery.