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Navajo Silver Jewelry

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

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We have just finished a great informational page on Navajo Silver Jewelry and invite you to come and take a look at it. You will find some great photos with informational text on Silver Jewelry made by the Navajo Indian Silversmiths.

Navajo Silver Jewelry began in about 1865 when a Navajo named Atsidi Sani learned how to work with silver from the Spanairds who were up in this area searching for Silver and Gold. Atsidi Sani is known as the first Navajo Silversmith to make Navajo Silver Jewelry as well as being the first Navajo Silversmith to make Navajo Silver and Turquoise Jewelry.

Navajo Silver Jewelry with Turquoise

It was around 1870 when Atsidi Sani first used Turquoise in his Navajo Silver Jewelry and when he did it was a great hit and it quickly became in high demand by the Navajo People as well as the white settlers and Californians. You can read more about Navajo Silver Jewelry on our educational presentation page.

Navajo Silver Jewelry Today

Today the Navajo Silversmiths still produce Silver Jewelry and it is admired and collected worldwide. Navajo Silver Jewelry is handmade so it is not like many other types of Silver Jewelry where they mass produce thousands of one design. The Navajo Silversmiths generally produce one of each piece that they make and then go onto another design. This is typical and standard for Navajo Silver Jewely.

Durango Silver Company has been dealing in Navajo Silver Jewelry for nearly 40 years. We have collected old pawn Navajo Jewelry, Silver Bracelets, Silver Rings, Silver Earrings, Silver Necklaces and more. We continue buying and trading for Navajo Silver Jewelry on a weekly basis and always have a great supply on hand. Our Trading Post is located in the heart of Navajo Jewelry country so we have access to the best Navajo Silver Jewelry coming out of the Southwest.

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Navajo Turquoise and Silver Jewelry

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

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In 1865, a Navajo named Atsidi Sani first learned how to make Navajo Silver Jewelry from the Spanairds who were in the area of the Navajo seeking Silver and Gold. Atsidi Sani began making Navajo Turquoise and Silver Jewelry around 1880 and the market for his Navajo Turquoise and Silver Jewelry was immediately brisk as the Navajo people loved to adorn themselves in Turquoise and now Turquoise in Silver Jewelry.

It was not long and Traders to the Navajo started moving into the area and opening Trading Posts to trade with them. Navajo Turquoise and Silver Jewelry was one of the most important trade items to the Indian Traders. The Indian Traders took the Navajo Silver Jewelry and Navajo Turquoise and Silver Jewelry to Southern California, which was in a giant boom, and it was immediately accepted into the Californian culture.  Shortly after, the Grand Canyon became a National Park and tourism began in the Southwestern United States. Navajo Turquoise Jewelry became the most important trade item to the tourists and all wanted to take a piece of Navajo Turquoise Jewelry home with them for their souvenier.

Today, Navajo Turquoise and Silver Jewelry has come a long way and it has also become an American heritage. We cherish the Navajo Turquoise and Silver Jewelry as part of our culture in the Southwest as well as the rest of America. Navajo Turquoise and Silver Jewelry is also highly sought after and collected by individuals around the world.

Durango Silver company is known for having some of the best Navajo Turquoise and Silver Jewelry in the Southwest. We invite you to visit us in Durango, Colorado at our Trading Post or visit us online at DurangoSilver.com.