Durango Silver Company has been producing and handling Handmade Native American Silver Jewelry for nearly forty years. We primarily handle Navajo and Zuni Jewelry, however, we often have handmade Native American Turquoise Jewelry from other Native artisans living throughout the American Southwest as well. If you are interested in Handmade Native American Jewelry take a look at what we have offer at Durango Silver Company. We assure you, everything we offer has authentic Turquoise and is exactly what we say it is - guaranteed!
Above is a beautiful matching Native American Handmade Turquoise Inlaid Pendant and Earring set. This is a contemporary inlay earrings and pendant set with Gaspeite, Sugilite and Turquoise by Native American artist Kenneth Bitsie. These natural brown spider web Turquoise stones are surrounded by Sugilite, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise and Gaspeite. The color combination of the different Turquoise gemstones is spot on, boldly colorful and unique. You can see several other photos of this set on its presentation page.
Above and to the left is a marvelous Sterling Silver mens inlay Turquoise Bracelet by Zuni artesian, Larry Loretto. Larry has used the highest grade of rich blue Turquoise with black spider webbed matrix. This Tibetan Turquoise adds fabulous color to this Mens Inlay Turquoise Bracelet. The natural spiderweb Turquoise in this heavy Sterling Silver cuff bracelet is second to none and is considered top gem grade natural Turquoise. It has three rows of inlaid Turquoise that go all the way around the bracelet. To the out side of the inlaid spiderweb Turquoise is a beautiful zigzag shadow box design which adds some nice detail. You can see additional photos of this gorgeous handmade Native American Turquoise Bracelet by going to its information page.
Above and to the right is a contemporary handmade Native American Turquoise Inlay Necklace with Lapis Lazuli, Sugilite and Spiny Oyster Shell by Native American artist Rita Abieta. The focal point of this necklace is a Burnham Turquoise gemstone. The Burnham Turquoise has spider web matrix and is beautiful light blue in color. This is a very nice piece of handmade Native American Jewelry, take a look at other photos as well as additional information on its presentation page.
Above and to the left is a Native American Inlaid Spider Web Turquoise and Coral Ring. This museum quality Sterling Silver Inlay Spider Web Turquoise and Coral Ring was handmade by Native American artist Anthony Bowman. The very best gemstones are what you get in this fine Inlay Turquoise Ring. Natural Mediterranean Coral and spider web Tibetan Turquoise are inlaid into this beautiful Ring in a cobble stone design that is separated by sterling silver inlays. The gem grade stones that are set into this ring are surrounded by a roped design and then outlined with saw work designs. This is all set atop a heavy duty three prong silver band ring. What a highlight this Native American Inlay Ring would be to a handmade Native American Jewelry collection. Go to the presentation page for this Native American Ring to see additional photos and information.
Above and to the right is a unique handmade Native American Turquoise Buckle by Richard Begay. Richard did a great job creating the Silver design and then inlaying it with natural American Turquoise. The overlay and saw work on this Turquoise buckle is really beautiful, It features a free form center stone of natural Blue Gem Turquoise from Nevada, USA. The American Turquoise cabochon is simply bezel set on top of the heavy gauge sterling silver buckle. The stone is then surrounded by stamp work designs. The rest of the buckle features intricate overlay patterns with a background texture similar to sandstone. You can see additional photos of this Navajo Buckle on its presentation page.
Quality Handmade Native American Jewelry is investment quality Jewelry that is collected worldwide. Special pieces that include high grade natural gemstones are increasingly difficult to find, these high quality gemstones are not easy to obtain and often not available to most artisans. Durango Silver Company prides itself on having only the finest gemstones in the Jewelry that we handle and produce.
Above and to the left is a beautiful handmade Native American Turquoise and Black Jade Inlaid Bracelet by Edison Yazzie. Edison is Navajo Native American Artisan and a great craftsman, his work is beautiful, well constructed and very high quality. Edisons style is unique in that he cuts angles and curves in the gemstones that are unusual for Native American Turquoise Jewelry inlay. This is a great Turquoise Inlay Bracelet for a medium sized ladies wrist or a small gentlemans wrist. - See more photos and information on its presentation page.
Above and to the right is a handmade Native American made Lime Green Turquoise Inlay Bracelet created by Cecil Ashley. This heavy Sterling Silver cuff bracelet was made for a women or man and has a very unique shape, the center section of the bracelet is an elongated octagon shape which narrows and goes into a geometric shape on each side. Each side of the Silver cuff bracelet is decorated with an overlay geometric design. The center section of the bracelet is inlaid with 20 cobblestone cut vivid lime green Tibetan Turquoise stones. The inlay work in this silver cuff bracelet is impeccable. This Turquoise Bracelet is definitely Museum quality - you can check out additional photos and information on this piece by going to its presentation page.
Above and to the left is a handmade Native American Multi Color Inlay Ring For Men with Gaspeite, Lapis and Spiny Oyster Shell. It was handmade by Native American jewelry artisan Leo Dawes. A beautiful handmade inlay pattern of top gem grade blue, orange and lime green gemstones are the focal point of this Sterling Silver Ring. This Inlay Ring features natural Lapis Lazuli, Tibetan Turquoise, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, Mother of Pearl, and orange Spiny Oyster Shell. The geometric design is very well balanced and has tiny inlay details and large stones of each type of gemstone as well. Leo inlaid the gemstones into this Silver ring in the cobble stone or corn row pattern, meaning each stone is domed and sticks up like a cobble stone street. The top of this ring is larger than the bottom for maximum comfort and aesthetic detail. The silver ring band narrows on the bottom and thickens and widens on the top. This shape of mens ring is our most popular. Check out additional photos and information on this ring on its presentation page.
Above and to the right is a Navajo handmade Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Cluster Pendant. This outstanding Museum Quality Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Cluster Pendant by Native American artist Paul Livingston is an absolute masterpiece! Paul Livingston is an acclaimed Navajo silversmith who favors substance in his metal work and high-quality, natural stones in his settings. It is clear to see that the genuine Sleeping Beauty Turquoise used in the cluster pendant is the best of the best, the highest grade of Sleeping Beauty Turquoise available. Each of the 36 Sleeping Beauty Turquoise cabochons was hand bezel set and is separated with a handmade silver raindrop design. The pendant consists of 35 teardrop shaped Arizona Turquoise cabochons and one oval blue Turquoise cabochon. This is a great piece of handmade Native American Jewelry, view additional photos and text on its presentation page.
Fake Handmade Native American Jewelry are counterfeits peddled as real Indian art are fake!, they are fakes and frauds designed to deceive. It's a <u>crime</u> to misrepresent Native American arts and crafts, in some cases a <u>felony</u>. We invite you to view an Albuquerque TV News report video on Fake Handmade Native American Jewelry. It is unfortunate the some individual's as well as businesses have to resort to such bad tactics to make a living, but, things like this go on around the world, every day.
The fake Turquoise Bracelet above was made in China. It was made of pot metal which is some kind of weird crap metal like tin and lead mixed with plastic resin??? the stones look like Turquoise but are purely plastic - you can heat up a needle with a match and it will melt the stone and/or smoke when you touch it to the stone. What is the value? About $2.00 once you have worn it a couple of times. If you look, the plastic imitation stones are not set in bezels, they are glued in plastic cups!
You would be absolutely shocked how many times we have people emailing us to appraise pieces of fake Turquoise Jewelry like this. It is embarrasing what people think is authentic Native American Turquoise Jewelry! We have actually had people call us and tell us we are liars and are trying to cheat them out of their Turquoise Indian Jewelry when we inform them they have gotten taken for a ride by buying authentic Turquoise Indian Jewelry for a good deal.
Above and to the left is a cheap imitation handmade Native American Jewelry piece that does not even remotely look Native American Handmade! It was made in China or Taiwan and again made out of pot metal and imitation plastic Fake Turquoise and the whole piece will go up in smoke if you put it in the fireplace. This is costume jewelry that you can buy at K-Mart, Walmart or your local costume jewelry store at the main mall. Truthfully - it has no value!
Above and to the right is another piece of crap from China or Taiwan. I would guess this would sell for about $6.95 at your local costume jewelry store or the main mall. We have people sending us emails asking us how much this piece is worth and then expect us to give them a free appraisal? This piece is totally made of plastic that has been plated with chrome. The stones will go up in smoke if you use a torch, or probably even a match. I am telling you, importers have made a bloody fortune, worldwide, selling these pieces to dummies!
Above is a real elaboratefake Native American Jewelry piece that looks so fake to the trained eye, yet, thousands of people buy this thinking they have just found a gold mine? This is nothing other than a piece of costume jewelry made out of plastic that has been dipped in liquid chrome and then had fake plastic turquoise imitation stones glued into it. This is pure junk jewelry and it has absolutely no real value!
We are sorry to say, even the American retail marketplace is plagued with fakes from distant shores. When you go to big cities, you will find the guy walking down the street who opens his floor length jacket and it has all kinds of watches including Rolex's - the above is that kind of stuff and it is everywhere around the world. This is not new, the Chinese and others have been creating fakes for many, many years!
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