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Turquoise

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Turquoise, Gemstone of the Centuries

TurquoiseTurquoise has been one of the most desirable and popular gemstones since the times of the Egyptian pharaohs and Anasazi Indians. Turquoise is an opaque, blue-to-green mineral that is a hydrous phosphate of copper and aluminium, with the chemical formula CuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8·4H2O. It is rare and valuable in finer grades and has been prized as a gem and ornamental stone for thousands of years owing to its unique hue. In recent times, turquoise, like most other opaque gems, has been devalued by the introduction of treatments, imitations, and synthetics onto the market.

The substance has been known by many names, but the word turquoise, which dates to the 16th century, is derived from an Old French word for “Turkish”, because the mineral was first brought to Europe from Turkey, from the mines in historical Khorasan Province of Persia. Pliny referred to the mineral as callais, the Iranians named it “firouzeh” and the Aztecs knew it as chalchihuitl.

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Natural Bisbee Turquoise Nugget

The pastel shades of turquoise have endeared it to many great cultures of antiquity: it has adorned the rulers of Ancient Egypt, the Aztecs (and possibly other Pre-Columbian Mesoamericans), Persia, Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, and to some extent in ancient China since at least the Shang Dynasty.[9] Despite being one of the oldest gems, probably first introduced to Europe (through Turkey) with other Silk Road novelties, turquoise did not become important as an ornamental stone in the West until the 14th century, following a decline in the Roman Catholic Church’s influence which allowed the use of turquoise in secular jewellery. It was apparently unknown in India until the Mughal period, and unknown in Japan until the 18th century. A common belief shared by many of these civilizations held that turquoise possessed certain prophylactic qualities; it was thought to change colour with the wearer’s health and protect him or her from untoward forces.

The Aztecs inlaid turquoise, together with gold, quartz, malachite, jet, jade, coral, and shells, into provocative (and presumably ceremonial) mosaic objects such as masks (some with a human skull as their base), knives, and shields. Natural resins, bitumen and wax were used to bond the turquoise to the objects’ base material; this was usually wood, but bone and shell were also used. Like the Aztecs, the Pueblo, Navajo and Apache tribes cherished turquoise for its amuletic use; the latter tribe believe the stone to afford the archer dead aim. Among these peoples turquoise was used in mosaic inlay, in sculptural works, and was fashioned into toroidal beads and freeform pendants. The Ancestral Puebloans (Anasazi) of the Chaco Canyon and surrounding region are believed to have prospered greatly from their production and trading of turquoise objects. The distinctive silver jewelry produced by the Navajo and other Southwestern Native American tribes today is a rather modern development, thought to date from circa 1880 as a result of European influences.

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Lander Blue Turquoise

In Persia, turquoise was the de facto national stone for millennia, extensively used to decorate objects (from turbans to bridles), mosques, and other important buildings both inside and out, such as the Medresseh-I Shah Husein Mosque of Isfahan. The Persian style and use of turquoise was later brought to India following the establishment of the Mughal Empire there, its influence seen in high purity gold jewellery (together with ruby and diamond) and in such buildings as the Taj Mahal.

Turquoise Lore and Spiritual Beliefs

Modern Spiritualists consider Turquoise to be a stone of spiritual attunement, cleansing, protection and prosperity and a symbol of the Earth and sky, good fortune and success. The Turquoise Spiritual powers aid in some of the most common needs us humans have.

Most ancient cultures believed some form of the following about Turquoise:

Protection – Spiritualists say its change of color from dark to light to its ability to detect poisons, danger, infidelity or sickness. This myth has survived to modern times. It is an excellent token of protection for physical and astral travel and vision quests, during which it acts as a grounding force, strengthening the user against fear of the unknown by enhancing one’s feelings of trust, kindness, wisdom and understanding. It can ward off strong negativity and protect from the evil eye, reptile bites and diseases of the eye. Further, Shamans extend its protective powers to one’s property.

Superstitions – Some believe you should avoid wearing turquoise that belongs to a deceased person or that it takes on characteristics of the wearer.

Gender of the Stone – Turquoise is androgynous with a good balance of yin and yang.

Attunement – New Age followers believe Turquoise attunes the physical to the higher realms, balances the mind and soul and connects with all life. Some cultures consider it a bridge between heaven and Earth.

Good Luck – Having seen the reflection of the new moon in a stone of Turquoise, a person was believed to encounter good luck soon, according to Persian lore. Arabian superstition said it was a lucky stone and that it had good powers of benevolence. They also attributed the accumulation of wealth and prosperity with the stone.

For more information visit IndianVillage.com’s page on Turquoise Spiritual Beliefs

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Silver Gallery

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Silver Gallery

The Durango Silver Gallery operated by Durango Silver Company of Durango, Colorado USA has been in business for nearly 40 years. It is located 3.5 west of Durango’s city center on Hwy 160, which is the gateway to Mesa Verde National Park. We have just completed a presentation page on our Silver Gallery that we think you will enjoy, we invite you to read our story on our Silver Gallery. We have been Silver Jewelry manufacturers and have produced some of the finest Silver Jewelry that has come out of the Southwest in the past 40 years. We actually have two Silver Galleries, one is our brick and Mortar Trading Post that John Hartman built in 1975 and the other is our online Gallery that John, Dillon and Nattarika Hartman have been continuously working on for the past several years.

Durango Silver Gallery

The Durango Silver Gallery is quite unique from other Silver Jewelry Galleries as it is family owned and run. We make most of the Silver Jewelry that we show and sell and the balance of our Silver Jewelry is handmade by Native American Artisans in the local Southwest area of the United States in which we live.

silver gallery This is a photo of our Silver Gallery in Durango, Colorado USA! It is actually a historic monument as we have been in business at the same location for most of the years we have been in the Silver Jewelry business. We have an unusual Deer Antler Arch that has been out front of the Silver Gallery since 1976 which has been featured in many travel magazines all over the world. This is most likely the most famous Silver Gallery in the Southwest today.

We opened this Silver Gallery in 1976 after John had taken a year off of making his Silver Jewelry to build a Trading Post to house his Silver Jewelry along with his historic antique Native American Indian and old west collection. The business has been successful for the Hartman’s for several decades now and the family will carry it on into the future.

Silver Gallery

Our Silver Gallery online as well as our Trading Post deals exclusively in Sterling Silver Jewelry handmade in the USA by our family along with the Native American Indians of the Southwest. Here, you will find Silver Rings, Silver Earrings, Silver Bracelets, Silver Pendants, Silver Necklaces and much more. One of the major differences with our Silver Jewelry from others is we are very serious about it being authentic. We use Sterling Silver and our specialty is natural American Turquoise from our collection of over 40 years. We have also mined Turquoise for over 40 years with some of the most famous old school miners of the past as well as mined Turquoise from our own mines located in Nevada, USA.

A trip to our Silver Gallery is a trip back it time to present day. We have antique Indian Turquoise Silver Jewelry from the early years of the trade all the way to the most modern contemporary Silver Jewelry that is popular today. Your visit to our Silver Gallery will be one you will not forget and worthwhile to you as you will learn a lot about the Southwest and how the Silver Jewelry industry is such a part of our culture.

We hope you have enjoyed our blog on our Silver Gallery and you will read more about us on our Silver Gallery educational page.

Also read what Wikipedia has to say regarding  silver gallery

Turquoise

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Turquoise

turquoiseDurango Silver Company specializes in quality American Turquoise and has just completed a wonderful educational presentation page loaded with great information on this subject as well as  photos and links to associated information directly related to Turquoise. We are certain you will really enjoy this page as there is loads of information and an abundance of links to additional informational and educational links that are of great interest on this subject. Durango Silver Company has many great educational pages that we have create for individuals to learn about our business and the quality products we produce, you can view our informational page directory at our learning center.

John and Dillon Hartman are on the forefront in promoting authentic, natural and American Turquoise. We have worked with many Miners and the leading dealers to promote this spectacular gemstone. For example, John and Dillon put together a deal with the Travel Channel to film the Royston Mine in Tonopah, Nevada. They ended up airing the flick on “Where to find cash and treasures” on the Travel Channel and the Otteson’s now have opened Royston Turquoise Mine Tours to the public which subsidizes their Mining endevors and enables them to keep all of their Turquoise 100% natural with no treatments or alterations to their material.

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Spiderweb TurquoiseDurango Silver Company is well known worldwide for promoting quality authentic Turquoise. We have collected and mined this spectacular gemstone since the early 1970′s, our lives have been totally ingulfed in this business as we are stonecutters, Jewelers and avid dealers in quality Turquoise Jewelry, both in our historic Trading Post in Durango, Colorado USA as well as on our Online Store located at DurangoSilver.com

Our company also works hand in hand with the Native American Indians of the Southwest, predominantly the Navajo and Zuni Indians of New Mexico and Arizona. We sell and trade the Native Americans rough and cut gemstones, we have them make quality Turquoise Jewelry that we offer our clients. The Native American Indians of the Southwest create fabulous and artistic Silver Jewelry that has become a great American heritage.

American Turquoise 

American Turquoise is the gemstone of choice for our studies and use in our Jewelry and products. We do appreciate Turquoise from other regions of the world but have little control of what forieners do with their gemstones when they are removed from the earth. It has been our experiance that gemstones from other parts of the world get treated or enhanced before being put on the market. We prefer authentic and natural material and so we are pro-American when it comes to Turquoise.

Durango Silver Company has been in the Silver Jewelry business for nearly 40 years here in Durango Colorado USA. Our specialty is Sterling Silver Jewelry with high grade authentic gemstones. We market our Silver Jewelry to the public via the Internet at our Online Store and at our historic Trading Post which is located 3.5 miles west of Durango, Colorado on Hwy 160. Hwy 160 is the main highway leading to Mesa Verde National Park and has been known as the Gateway to Mesa Verde for over one hundred years.

You may also enjoy reading our informational pages on  Turquoise Beads. We have created many great pages on gemstone beads that you are certain to like, take a look!

We invite you to read more information on Turquoise on the  turquoise page at Wikipedia.