Posts Tagged ‘Turquoise’

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.

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Wednesday, August 10th, 2011


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.


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

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.


Thursday, August 4th, 2011


Turquoise is the #1 specialty of Durango Silver Company, we have been in the this business for over 40 years and we are the leading authorities of American Turquoise in the United States. We have been collecting, mining and cutting Turquoise since the 1960′s and have several of our own  mines in Nevada. In addition, we have collected authentic turquoise from around the world and have identified the qlobal qualities of  this material. Durango Silver Company deals in authentic turquoise and is one of the most trusted authorities for quality authentic Turquoise Jewelry in the world!

Turquoise Jewelry

Durango Silver Company has produced Silver Jewelry with Turquoise Gemstones for nearly 40 years and Silver Jewelry is how we market our quality gemstones. Our company is one of the few producers of  Silver Jewelry that gaurantee the turquoise gemstones in our Jewelry to be 100% authentic and actually real . There has been so many enhancements and treatments done to this stone in the past few years, most manufactures do not know or care about its authenticity as they are only in the business for the money – this fact is not true with our company as our first priority is the quality and authenticity of the turquoise we use in our Jewelry.

American Turquoise

American Turquoise is predominately found in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and  New Mexico. The bulk of is found in Arizona and Nevada. Arizona  predominately produces Blue, Nevada predominately produces green and material of both blue and green can be found in all four states.

Most turquoise mines produce about 10 -20% high grade quality material and the balance in a soft chaulky material that in useless in the Silver Jewelry market unless it is stablized or enhanced to make the material hard enough to use and in many cases it is color enhanced to make it attractive for the fashion market. High quality natural Turquoise is rare and not affordable to the majority of Turquoise Jewelry producers so they use the stablized or enhanced material for monitary reasons.

Arizona Turquoise – See our educational presentation on Turquoise from Arizona.

Nevada Turquoise – See our educational presentation on Turquoise from Nevada.

Colorado Turquoise – See our educational presentation on Turquoise from Colorado.

New Mexico Turquoise – See our educational presentation on Turquoise from New Mexico.

High Grade Natural American Turquoise

Natural American Turquoise of high quality that is beautiful is actually very rare! We have cut natural turquoise for over forty years now and the truth is that out of 20  stones that we cut our company will only use about one of the 20 in our jewelry, however, we are known for having the finest turquoise gemstones in our  jewelry throughout the world by the leading collectors and authorities.

 We have a tremendous amount of information on this subject at and have created many educational pages for your information and enjoyment. This is a very intreging subject to many as this gemstone was one of the first gemstones found by mankind over 7,500 years ago which is well before biblical times. It has been worshiped by healers and entire civilizations such as Tibet for literally thousands of years and it has been used and worn by some of the most notible historic figures of the world in the past. This importantant gemstone has been known for its spiritual and metaphysical powers for thousands of years by kings, pharoah’s and important leaders of people nearly since the beginning of civilized mankind. It is known to have powers that offer health, happiness and good fortune to the bearers of it. We have have a lot of great information on the history as well as the spritual values of this great gemstone that can be found in our Learning Center as well as the sitemap for our website.

Read what Wikipedia has on this subject at turquoise