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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.

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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.

Silver Necklaces

Monday, July 25th, 2011

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Durango Silver Company has been producing Silver Necklaces from the Southwest for nearly forty years. We make quality Silver Jewelry here in Durango, Colorado as well as buy them from Navajo and Zuni Indian Artisans. We hand cut most all of the gemstones used in our  Necklaces including the Native American Indian handmade necklaces.

Quality Silver Necklaces

Durango Silver Company is well known for producing and handling high quality Silver Necklaces as well as high quality Silver Jewelry. We own five Turquoise Mines in Nevada that we mine and then cut only the highest grade gemstones from the mines. We have also collected high grade Turquoise from many other mines for over 40 years. We buy other types of rough gemstone materials and hand cut them into the stones we use and trade to the Native American Indian to be used in our Silver Jewelry.

Quality Crafted Silver Necklaces

The Silver work in our Silver Necklaces is top notch! Our entire family here at Durango Silver Company are Jewelers, we strive to make high quality Jewelry and because we are silversmiths, we know high quality Silver Jewelry and Silver Necklaces when we are buying. The bottom line is you can count on Durango Silver Company for the highest grade Silver Jewelry from the Southwest.

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We invite you to visit our new informational page on Silver Necklaces as well as to see what we currently have on our site.

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.

Also see Navajo Silver Jewelry on Wikipedia – navajo silver jewelry