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Navajo Silver and Navajo Turquoise Jewelry

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Navajo Silver Jewelry

Durango Silver Company has been dealing in Navajo Indian Jewelry and Navajo Turquoise for over forty years. We have had our Native American Indian Trading Post since 1976 and have dealt in Navajo Silver Bracelets and Navajo Silver Cuff Bracelets along with Navajo Pendants, Navajo Rings, Navajo Necklaces, Navajo Earrings, Navajo Buckles and Concho Belts. We have become very knowledgeable in both Antique Navajo Jewelry and Vintage Navajo Jewelry. We have had Navajo Silversmiths work for us for forty years making all types of Sterling Silver Jewelry.

We have collected and mined Turquoise for a very long time and have had Navajo Indians work with us in Cutting our Turquoise and then we have had them put the Turquoise Stones they cut into Navajo Turquoise Jewelry. Some of the Silver Jewelry items they made were Navajo Turquoise Bracelets, Navajo Turquoise Earrings, Navajo Turquoise Necklace and Navajo Turquoise Rings. The Navajo’s called their Turquoise and Silver JewelryNavajo Turquoise” , we had a lot of fun with their slang and the Navajo’s are a lot of fun to be around. They have always been great to work with as when they work, they get to it and pay close attention to all aspects of their job.

We have had great years in the Turquoise Jewelry business and the Navajo Indians have been a big factor in the success of our business. Durango Silver Company always has a lot of Navajo Silver and Navajo Turquoise Jewelry on hand and we continuously make new pieces to add to our collection which we offer for sale online.

Check out our Turquoise Jewelry page, Indian Jewelry page and our Silver Jewelry page.

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Navajo Silversmith History

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Navajo Silversmith HistoryNavajo Silversmithing began about one hundred fifty years ago when a Navajo Blacksmith named Atsidi Sani was shown how to work with Silver by the Spaniards. The Spaniards were coming up to the Southwestern United States seeking Gold and Silver and the Native American Indians admired the shiny Silver ornamentation on the horse gear that the Spaniards had. They had fancy horse bridles and bits, spurs and even Silver on their saddles.

Atsidi taught the art of Navajo Silversmithing to other Navajo Indians and Navajo Silversmithing spread throughout the Navajo Nation quickly as the Navajo people loved Silver. The Navajo Silversmiths would melt down silver coins they got from the U.S. Calvary, then the Trading Posts and Indian Traders.

It was around 1865 when Atsidi Sani began producing Silver buttons which were called conchos. The Native American Indians loved the shiny conchos and soon began embellishing their clothing and then Jewelry. It was not long and the Natives were putting Silver on their leather utensils, bags and so on.

It was about 1880 when the Navajo Silversmiths began incorporating Turquoise into their Silversmithing. When the Navajo Silversmiths started using Turquoise, a giant demand for their Jewelry began with the Native American Indians throughout the Southwest and quickly spread to other American Indian communities as well.

The Traders to the Navajo also appreciated Turquoise Jewelry and brought it to the marketplace in California where it was quickly accepted and appreciated by the city people.

Durango Silver Company has made a nice presentation page on Navajo Silversmithing and the history of Navajo Silversmithing, it has a lot of great information and photos for you to learn more if you are interested. You can view our presentation on our website at Navajo Silversmithing History.

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