This is a Turquoise Pendant Educational Page intended to educate you on different aspects of Turquoise Pendants and how they are made. Durango Silver Company has been in the Turquoise Jewelry business for nearly forty years, we are happy to help in educating individuals to learn how Turquoise Jewelry and a Turquoise Pendant are made as well as the different features which makes their value. We invite you to visit our Turquoise Pendants Video to get you started learning more on this subject.
Below are Turquoise Pendant photos accompanied by descriptions of what you are looking at, as well as links to supportive informational pages created by Durango Silver Company or others that we feel are creditable and experienced in the field of authentic Turquoise Jewelry and Turquoise Pendants. We hope you enjoy our Turquoise Pendant presentation and we would greatly appreciate your feedback, good or not! Feedback contact information is listed below.
Here are two Blue Turquoise Pendants that were created by Navajo Artisans. The Silver Turquoise Pendant on the left has Bisbee Turquoise gemstones that have had Silver bezels put around them, the center and top stones have twisted wire made from two round Silver wires twisted together with a electric drill. When creating this Turquoise Pendant they are then laid out in a design and soldered onto a back sheet of Silver. Next the Navajo Silversmith adds the Silver wire designs and the Silver raindrops between and around the stones and solders the entire Turquoise Pendant together. The design is now sawed out with a jewelers saw and then filed, that's about it! The Turquoise Pendant is buffed, polished and the stones are set into the bezels. And here is now a beautiful piece of Turquoise Jewelry. You can read more about this Bisbee Turquoise Pendant on its presentation page.
The Navajo Turquoise Pendant to the right began with a beautiful spiderweb Turquoise stone and a Silver bezel was fit and soldered. Next triangular wire, on its side, was wrapped around the stone with a slight extra length, cut and soldered together, the wire was shaped around the stone. Now, the wire is marked were the design will be cut into the wire, a round file is used to make the half round cutouts and a jewelers saw is used to make the strait lines. Next, half round Silver wire, on its side, is wrapped around the triangular wire and soldered together. Now all of the pieces are soldered onto a back sheet. The Turquoise pendant is cutout, sanded, buffed and finished. Another nice piece of Western Silver Jewelry was created and you can read more about this Navajo Turquoise Pendant on its presentation page.
Above are two Silver Turquoise Pendants produced by Durango Silver Company. The White Buffalo Silver Pendant on the left was originally created in wax by Crystal Hartman. Crystal started this Turquoise Pendant with the White Buffalo Turquoise stone cut by Dillon Hartman and used a Jewelers Wax Pen to apply layer upon layer to create a design around the stone in wax. The wax pattern was then put on a wax tree along with several other wax Jewelry creations. A flask or can was put around the wax tree and Jewelers investment, which is like plaster of paris, was mixed and poured into the flask which encapsulates the wax patterns. Next the flask is put into a burnout oven and over a period of 12 hours the oven is brought to 1300 degrees which burns out all of the wax. Now, the Silver is heated to 1870 degrees in a melting furnace, the flask is taken out of the burnout oven and put on a vacuum machine and the molten silver is poured into the cavities where the wax Jewelry patterns once were. The Jewelry items are clipped off the Silver tree and finished into Jewelry. This is called the lost wax process. You can see more information on this White Turquoise Pendant on its presentation page. White Turquoise has become very popular and you can read more on white Turquoise on this presentation page we have created.
The Blue Turquoise Pendant on the right was made with a beautiful Crow Springs Turquoise stone that was cut by Dillon Hartman. This Turquoise Pendant was made by wrapping a Silver bezel around the stone, soldering it together, then wrapping twisted Silver wire, twisted from two round wires with and electric drill, and then soldered onto a sheet of Silver.
Here are two pieces of Silver Jewellery and are considered Fashion Turquoise Pendants. Each of these Turquoise Pendant pieces are Authentic Turquoise Jewelry produced by Durango Silver Company. The Necklace Pendant on the left is Native American Jewelry that was sub-contracted by Durango Silver Co to a Navajo Artisan. We furnished the Green Turquoise gemstone cut by Dillon Hartman and drew the design to be made for our company.
The Turquoise Pendant on the left was made by creating a wire design around the stone with round wire, then a second round wire was used in conjunction with Silver raindrops to continue the design. Next the Navajo Silversmith used a Jewelers saw to saw lines in the outer round wire and then used a file to accent the design of this Turquoise pendant.
The Turquoise Pendant on the right was made by John Hartman. John cut the beautiful Blue Gem Turquoise Stone and then created the design by hand carving the Silver into victorian designs. The Silver carving was done with a dremel and steel punches were used to dome and contour the Silver. In this Turquoise pendant twisted wire was flattened, Silver scrapes were melted into balls called raindrops and this piece was completely hand sculpted into a piece of beautiful victorian Silver Jewelry that is one of a kind. You can find additional information on this Turquoise Pendant on its presentation page.
To the left is a Chunky Turquoise Pendant made by Nattarika Hartman from a spectacular piece of Tibetan Turquoise. We purchased this Chunky Turquoise Nugget directly from a Tibetan Turquoise dealer in Napal along with several others. This is a spiritual piece of Turquoise Jewelry that has Turquoise Chakras and you can read more about this piece on its presentation page. Turquoise was the one of the first gemstones descovered by man over 6,500 years ago, it has been known as a spititual stone with healing powers since.
The Turquoise Pendant on the right is an outstanding piece of Indian Turquoise Jewelry that is simple authentic Turquoise set in a simplistic design which enhances the visual beauty of this fantastic Turquoise stone. Durango Silver produces many Turquoise Pendants that have simplistic designs that spiritual people and healers appreciate. Read more on this Kingman Turquoise Pendant on its presentation page. You may also enjoy reading our presentation page on Kingman Turquoise which has a lot of good information as well as photos of Kingman Turquoise.
To the left is a Turquoise Silver Pendant made with Spiderweb Tortoise Turquoise by John Hartman. John makes a variety of Fashion Turquoise Pendants from simple to complex. To the right is a Royston Ribbon Turquoise Pendant made with Ribbon Turquoise from the Royston Turquoise Mine in Tonopah, Nevada. This Pendant was also made by John Hartman in his victorian style of silversmithing. You can see more information on this Tortoise Turquoise Pendant on its presentation page. Both of these Pendants have authentic Turquoise hand cut by John.
Silver Jewelry is beautiful when Turquoise is included in the design. The Silver and Turquoise Pendant on the left is a great example of how dynamic Silver Jewelry can be in Southwestern designs when Turquoise and other colorful gemstones are mixed together. Durango Silver Company produces a lot of Green Turquoise Pendants as well as Turquoise Coral Jewelry such as this piece. This Southwestern Pendant includes a lime Turquoise stone with Mediterranean Coral in its own unique victorian style by John Hartman. The Manassa Turquoise Pendant on the right is a piece of Navajo Jewelry that we sub-contracted to have our authentic Turquoise stone set into handcrafted Navajo Silver. You can see more information on this Coral and Turquoise Pendant on its presentation page.
The Lime Turquoise Pendant on the left was made by John Hartman in his victorian style of Silver Jewelry. John has created his own style of Silverwork that has an antique victorian flavour crossed with a touch of Southwestern style that is truly unique to himself. This Nevada Green Turquoise stone mixed with Johns Victorian Silver design is very eye catching and most certainly unique from any other Turquoise Jewelry coming out of the Southwest. See more information on this lime Turquoise Pendant on its presentation page.
To the right is a Navajo Pendant Turquoise and a great piece of Royston Turquoise Jewelry. The Royston Turquoise gemstone was mined and cut by Dillon Hartman and then sub-contracted to a Navajo Artisan to make for Durango Silver Company. This beautiful Royston Turquoise Pendant also features three beautiful Sugilite Stones along with the beautiful handcrafted Navajo Silverwork.
On the left is a classic piece of Navajo Indian Turquoise Jewelry. This Bisbee Turquoise Pendant is classic Navajo Turquoise Jewelry in that is has a Turquoise cabochon with Silverwork surrounding it to enhance the appearance of the Turquoise Stone - this is classic Navajo Silverwork. You may like the presentation page we have made on Navajo Jewelry History, it includes a lot of great educational information as well as photos. The Sterling Silver Pendant on the right is also unique and was produced by Durango Silver Company. It features a Lookout Mountain Turquoise stone in an attractively beautiful Southwestern Silver design.
Above are two Turquoise Beaded Necklaces both are unique to themselves. The Turquoise Necklace on the left was made with a Tortoise Ribbon Turquoise Slab which we drilled a large hole through the front of the Bead and added a Sterling Silver bail to string the Boulder Turquoise Beads onto. The set of Turquoise Beads on the right has a Royston Turquoise Slab that we drilled the hole through the side of the Turquoise Bead. This Pendant Necklace is strung on Royston Turquoise Boulder Beads. Both Turquoise Bead Pendants are hand cut here in our lapidary shop, we cut many types of Turquoise for our own Bead Jewelry so it is unique, different from any other Turquoise Beaded Jewelry and it is our own style of Fashion Bead Jewelry.
Turquoise Beaded Jewelry has become popular with our company as we are one of few Turquoise Jewelry companies that produce Turquoise Beads from authentic Turquoise. If you are concerned your Turquoise Beads are authentic, you should be careful who and where you buy them as China is now producing fake Turquoise and Fake Turquoise Beads are their primary focus. Durango Silver Company makes and deals in authentic Turquoise Beads and guarantees that our Turquoise Jewelry is authentic and high quality Turquoise Jewelry.
American Indian Jewelry made in the Southwestern United States is part of our American heritage as the Navajo Indians, Zuni Indians and the Hopi Indians of the American Southwest have been making Turquoise and Silver Jewelry for over one hundred years. Navajo Indian Jewelry is the most prevalent as the Navajo Indians learned how to Silversmith first, which was about 1865 when a Navajo Indian named Atsidi Sani learned the trade from the Spaniards. Turquoise had been being used since 200 B.C. by the Anasazi Indians, then the Santo Domingo Indians for Turquoise Healing and Turquoise Beads.
Above are two Navajo Silver Pendants. The Navajo Turquoise Pendant on the left was handcrafted for Durango Silver Company with a Damele Turquoise stone cut by Dillon Hartman. Dillon then drew out the design he wanted and had Dennis Ben (Navajo Silversmith) make this Native American Turquoise Pendant. The Navajo Turquoise Pendant on the right is a piece of vintage Turquoise Jewelry as it was made about 1950. This is a Navajo Cluster Turquoise Pendant which the Navajo Indians are well known for making. It was most likely made with number 8 spiderweb Turquoise as that was what was available in that period of time. You can read more on this number 8 Turquoise Pendant on it presentation page.
The American Indian Turquoise Pendant to the left was made with Morenci Turquoise from Arizona. This Morenci Turquoise Pendant is absolutely beautiful as the Morenci Turquoise stone is outstanding and the Navajo Indian Silverwork complements the stone beautifully. This American Indian Turquoise Pendant is a classic example of high quality Navajo Turquoise Jewelry and additional information can be found on its presentation page.
The Zuni Indian Necklace on the right is a piece of Vintage Inlay Turquoise Jewelry made about 1950. Inlay Turquoise Jewelry from that period is unique and collectible as Vintage Zuni Jewelry is getting hard to find. All Zuni Inlay Jewelry is collectible, however, Vintage Turquoise Jewelry is highly sought after by collectors and commands a substantially higher price. You can read more about this Vintage Zuni Inlay Necklace on its presentation page.
Above are two Turquoise Pendant Necklaces produced by Durango Silver Company. Both of these Turquoise Necklaces are completely unique and handcrafted by John Hartman of Durango Silver Company. The Turquoise Necklace on the left was made with Royston Turquoise, Rhodocrocite, Lapis and various other gemstones, additional information on this Silver Turquoise Necklace can be found on its presentation page.
The Turquoise Necklace on the right was also made by John Hartman with Damele Turquoise from Nevada. This can be considered a Mens Turquoise Necklace or a Women's Turquoise Necklace as it is uniquely designed and can be worn by either sex. The ring and earrings probably would not fit a man to well so we could break this Turquoise Necklace set up to accommodate a gentleman. Additional information on this Damele Turquoise Necklace can be found on its presentation page.
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