Archive for September, 2011

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.

Southwest Trading

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Southwest Trading

Southwest Trading

 Durango Silver Company is a Southwest Trading Co located in Durango, Colorado USA. We originally built our Southwest Trading Post and opened for business in 1976. In the early years, we dealt in Antique American Indian items, Antique Firearms, pre 1900 Cowboy Regalia and Southwestern Silver Jewelry. Many people who have traveled to the Southwest are familiar with our Southwest Trading Company as it is truly a monument to this region and a point of interest in the Durango – Mesa Verde country. The Deer Antler Arch in front of the Trading Post has over 3600 Antlers and has been in many travel magazines around the world. If you are ever in this area, make certain you plan to visit this Southwest Trading Company which includes the best Southwest Silver Gallery in the region.

Southwest Trading

Southwest TradingToday, we specialize in Silver Jewelry in our Southwest Trading Company. We produce most of our Jewelery right here in Durango and we also carry other Jewelry made by Native Americans as well as contemporary Southwestern Artisans in this region. Turquoise is another specialty of ours as we own several Turquoise Mines in Nevada, we have collected high grade Turquoise for over 40 years, we cut Turquoise into gemstones and we market some of the finest American Turquoise available.

Southwest Trading is at its best with Durango Silver Company as we deal in one of the most popular trade items the Southwest has had for the past 150 years and it is one of our greatest American heritages, Southwestern Silver and Turquoise Jewelry from the American Southwest. Durango Silver Company produces some of the very best authentic Turquoise Jewelry coming out of the Southwest today.

Southwest Trading

Zuni Indian JewelryNative American Indian Jewelry has been one of the most important trade items in Southwestern United States since the beginning of tourism and the Grand Canyon National Park. Southwest Trading in American Indian goods and especially Indian Jewelry has been a brisk business here in the Southwest and it has become an American Heritage that we are very proud of. Durango Silver Company is proud to represent the Native American Indians of this area by handling the Turquoise Jewelry of the Navajo and Zuni Indians.

We invite you to visit our online Southwest Silver Gallery and if you are in this area we invite you to visit our Southwestern Silver Gallery located here in Durango, Colorado where Southwest Trading is at its finest.