Posts Tagged ‘turquoise jewelry’

Native Jewelry

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Native Jewelry

Native Jewelry with Bisbee TurquoiseNative Jewelry styles were different in every Native American Indian tribe, but the differences were less marked than with other arts and crafts, because Native jewelry and the materials used for making it (beads, shells, copper and silver, ivory, amber, turquoise and other stones) were major trade items long before the arrival of Europeans in America. After colonization, Native jewelry-making traditions remained strong, incorporating, rather than being replaced by, new materials and techniques such as glass beads and more advanced metalworking techniques. There are two very general categories of American Native jewelry: metalwork, and beadwork. Before Europeans came native jewelry and Native American metalwork was fairly simple, consisting primarily of hammering and etching copper into pendants or earrings and fashioning copper and silver into beads. After Navajo, Hopi and Pueblo artists learned silversmithing from the Spanish in the 1800′s, native jewelry arts Native Jewelry - Inlay Turquoise Buckleblossomed in the Southwest, and distinctive native jewelry like the squash blossom necklace, Hopi silver overlay bracelets, and Navajo turquoise inlay rings developed from the fusion of the new techniques with traditional designs. Native beadwork, on the other hand, was already extremely advanced in pre-Columbian times, including the fine grinding of turquoise, coral, and shell beads into smooth heishi necklaces, the delicate carving of individual wood and bone beads, the soaking and piecing of porcupine quills, and the intricate stitching of thousands of beads together. The bead jewelry is still a major part of today’s native jewelry. All of the old forms of beadwork are still going strong, though imported Czech seed beads have been the favored medium among many Indian artists for centuries now. Today vintage native jewelry and modern native jewelry, especially Silver Jewelry, turquoise jewelry is extremely populare and collectible.

Vintage Native Jewelry from America

Vintage Native JewelryVintage Native jewelry around the world is valuable, especially vintage Native American Jewelry. The Turquoise used in Vintage Native Jewelry is very important, as it is a great way to further identify the authentic American Native Jewelry. Native Jewelry from America, especially silver jewelry, turquoise jewelry is especially popular and collectible.  Vintage native jewelry is known for its heavy construction.  A lot of the vintage Native American jewelry was made with heavy silver and large Turquoise stones.  Of all the vintage Native American jewelry and vintage silver jewelry from American some of the most collectible and most famous is the antique Navajo jewelry.  A lot of the vintage Native American Jewelry you will find in pawn shops or in a southwest silver gallery will be Zuni Native Jewelry such as Petti Point JewelryNeedle Point Jewelry or Inlay Jewelry.  Any type of Vintage Indian Jewelry you purchase will be well worth the investment, so never hesitate to invest in vintage or antique Native American Jewelry or vintage silver jewelry.

Modern Native Jewelry from America

Modern Native JewelryModern Native jewelry is comprised mainly of plain silver jewelry, gold jewelry, inlay jewelry, petti point jewelry, needle point jewelry, and navajo jewelry style with an emphasis on Turquoise Jewelry.  Learn more on our Native American presentation page or by shopping our selection of Native Jewelry.  You will find that Durango Silver Company handles a wide variety of silver jewelry including Turquoise jewelry, Indian jewelry, gemstone jewelry and gold jewelry.  We try our best to have a wide variety of HIGH END handmade jewelry at the best price.  We cary Turquoise Beaded Jewelry, silver jewelry – vintage and modern.

Thank you for your interest in our article on Native Jewelry.

Western Silver Jewelry

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Western Silver Jewelry by Durango Silver CompanyWestern Silver Jewelry by Durango Silver Company

Durango Silver Company has been producing high quality Western Silver Jewelry for nearly 40 years now. We started our company in Albuquerque, New Mexico and then moved to Durango, Colorado in 1974. We built our Trading Post in 1976 and have been doing business in the same location since that date. We have produced Western Silver Jewelry on site and we have also dealth directly with Navajo and Zuni Artisans to produce our designs offsite. We also carry quality Navajo and Zuni Silver Indian Jewelry and continuously work with Native American Jewelers to produce new and exciting pieces for our customers.

John and Estell Hartman were Jewelers and designed Jewelry for their Trading Post as well as many other companies such as the Fred Harvey Company, the May Company, ColdWater Creek, the Sundance Catalog, and many others. We have paid close attention to producing high quality Western Silver Jewelry that is unique and not produced by others. We have also focused on promoting and selling our Western Silver Jewelry by our own means to keep our sales situation unique for our customers, our customers get unique Western Silver Jewelry from our company that they cannot find elsewhere.

Durango Silver Company Trading Post This is a photo of our Trading Post which is located just west of Durango, Colorado USA on Hwy 160. This is the Hwy that runs east and west from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park, it was named the Gateway to Mesa Verde many years ago. John built this building in 1975-76 and the Trading Post opened for business in the spring of 1976. We have specialize in Western Silver Jewelry since we opened and have had many great years in business. We had two children, Dillon and Crystal, Dillon married Nattarika and they work with John and Estell full time running the Trading Post and managing DurangoSilver.com. Crystal works at the Trading Post part time and creates Western Silver Jewelry full time.

We invite you to read more about us and hope you will come and visit us if you come to this area.

Silver Jewelry for a new age

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Sleeping Beauty Turquoise EarringsA new age for Sterling Silver Jewelry from the Southwest

Almost overnight, so it seems, we went from $6.00 per ounce to $36.00 per ounce for silver and from $200.00 per lb to $800.00 per lb for Turquoise. That is hard to swallow for a business that has to produce Jewelry to compete in a global marketplace. Well, that whats happening in the Turquoise Jewelry market today and the frosting on the cake is a recession from hell that we had nothing to do with.

Anyhow – Durango Silver Company is actually doing pretty darn good these days and we tribute that to our obsession to creating quality Turquoise Jewelry that nobody else has – in other words, we have no competition as we sell our own Jewelry.  Looking to the future we realize Turquoise Jewelry is in the top ten types of Jewelry in demand today and we suspect it will even do better as time goes on. We are currently retooling and developing a new line of Silver Jewelry that is highly calibrated to have the exact weight of Silver that is needed to produce the perfect Silver Jewelry that will be in demand for the upcoming years. In addition, we have set up suppliers of the authentic Turquoise we will use in our new “Durango Collection” that professionally cut calibrated stones for their livelihood. Surprising but we can cut the cost to our clients by more than 30% by refining exactly what we are producing and exactly how we produce it in the good old USA!

Durango Silver Company is in the process of developing a great new line of  Sterling Silver Turquoise Jewelry that you and the marketplace is going to love here in the USA as well  as many others around the world. By the end of 2011, we will have a new line of Silver Turquoise Jewelry and we will also have distributors in several countries around the world.