Archive for September, 2011

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.

Native Jewelry

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Native Jewelry

Native Jewelry with Bisbee TurquoiseNative Jewelry styles were different in every Native American Indian tribe, but the differences were less marked than with other arts and crafts, because Native jewelry and the materials used for making it (beads, shells, copper and silver, ivory, amber, turquoise and other stones) were major trade items long before the arrival of Europeans in America. After colonization, Native jewelry-making traditions remained strong, incorporating, rather than being replaced by, new materials and techniques such as glass beads and more advanced metalworking techniques. There are two very general categories of American Native jewelry: metalwork, and beadwork. Before Europeans came native jewelry and Native American metalwork was fairly simple, consisting primarily of hammering and etching copper into pendants or earrings and fashioning copper and silver into beads. After Navajo, Hopi and Pueblo artists learned silversmithing from the Spanish in the 1800’s, native jewelry arts Native Jewelry - Inlay Turquoise Buckleblossomed in the Southwest, and distinctive native jewelry like the squash blossom necklace, Hopi silver overlay bracelets, and Navajo turquoise inlay rings developed from the fusion of the new techniques with traditional designs. Native beadwork, on the other hand, was already extremely advanced in pre-Columbian times, including the fine grinding of turquoise, coral, and shell beads into smooth heishi necklaces, the delicate carving of individual wood and bone beads, the soaking and piecing of porcupine quills, and the intricate stitching of thousands of beads together. The bead jewelry is still a major part of today’s native jewelry. All of the old forms of beadwork are still going strong, though imported Czech seed beads have been the favored medium among many Indian artists for centuries now. Today vintage native jewelry and modern native jewelry, especially Silver Jewelry, turquoise jewelry is extremely populare and collectible.

Vintage Native Jewelry from America

Vintage Native JewelryVintage Native jewelry around the world is valuable, especially vintage Native American Jewelry. The Turquoise used in Vintage Native Jewelry is very important, as it is a great way to further identify the authentic American Native Jewelry. Native Jewelry from America, especially silver jewelry, turquoise jewelry is especially popular and collectible.  Vintage native jewelry is known for its heavy construction.  A lot of the vintage Native American jewelry was made with heavy silver and large Turquoise stones.  Of all the vintage Native American jewelry and vintage silver jewelry from American some of the most collectible and most famous is the antique Navajo jewelry.  A lot of the vintage Native American Jewelry you will find in pawn shops or in a southwest silver gallery will be Zuni Native Jewelry such as Petti Point JewelryNeedle Point Jewelry or Inlay Jewelry.  Any type of Vintage Indian Jewelry you purchase will be well worth the investment, so never hesitate to invest in vintage or antique Native American Jewelry or vintage silver jewelry.

Modern Native Jewelry from America

Modern Native JewelryModern Native jewelry is comprised mainly of plain silver jewelry, gold jewelry, inlay jewelry, petti point jewelry, needle point jewelry, and navajo jewelry style with an emphasis on Turquoise Jewelry.  Learn more on our Native American presentation page or by shopping our selection of Native Jewelry.  You will find that Durango Silver Company handles a wide variety of silver jewelry including Turquoise jewelry, Indian jewelry, gemstone jewelry and gold jewelry.  We try our best to have a wide variety of HIGH END handmade jewelry at the best price.  We cary Turquoise Beaded Jewelry, silver jewelry – vintage and modern.

Thank you for your interest in our article on Native Jewelry.

Authentic Turquoise Jewelry

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

Authentic Turquoise JewelryAuthentic Turquoise Jewelry

Durango Silver Company has just completed a new informational page on Authentic Turquoise Jewelry and would like to invite you to check it out. This is a presentation on Authentic Turquoise Jewelry by Durango Silver Company and from the American Southwest. It includes many photos and informational text of what you see in the photos, links and an abundance on authentic Turquoise Jewelry.

This page informs you on the difference between authentic Turquoise Jewelry and the vast amount of import Jewelry that has been coming onto the American marketplace in the last few years. Turquoise Jewelry has become popular worldwide these days and do to this it is being made in many areas of the world. The biggest problem with import Turquoise Jewelry is that  a lot of it is made with inferior materials such as fake Turquoise and fake Silver. Authentic Turquoise Jewelry from the USA is made with authentic Turquoise and real Sterling Silver, it has real value.

Authentic Turquoise Jewelry by Durango Silver Company

Durango Silver Company has been producing authentic Turquoise Jewelry for nearly 40 years, we take great pride in the authentic and natural American Turquoise that we use in our Jewelry as well as the attention to quality of the craftsmanship of the Silver work that goes into making outstanding authentic Turquoise Jewelry for our customers.

Authentic Turquoise Jewelry

Authentic Turquoise Jewelry is not cheap, Silver is now over 40.00 per ounce and authentic Turquoise has tripled in value in the past 18 months. The buyer of Turquoise Jewelry should beware if they are concerned that they are buying true authentic Turquoise Jewelry. Buy from reputable dealers such as Durango Silver Company and be informed that fake Turquoise and fake Turquoise Jewelry has infiltrated our marketplace.

Check out our presentation on Authentic Turquoise Jewelry now!