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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.

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.

Navajo Indian Jewelry Today

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

As Silver has went through the roof in value which is over $36. per ounce today, the cost of materials are at an all time high for the Navajos to purchase. As a result many Navajos are not making Jewelry and this is causing a  shortage of Navajo Indian Jewelry in the marketplace.

I was down in Gallup last week, Gallup in in the heart of Navajo Indian Jewelry producers, and I stopped in the Jewelers supply to find hardly anyone there and there was absolutely nobody at the Silver counter purchasing Silver. I asked the tendant what the deal was and he told me the Navajos can’t afford to buy Silver at these prices.

There are still many Navajos making Turquoise Jewelry, however, the cost has gone up dramatically from just one year ago. Silver has more than doubled in value in the past year and we will just have to wait to see what Silver Jewelry prices will be in the upcoming months.