Native American Turquoise Jewelry is an American heritage that has been handed down to our nation from the Native American Indians of Southwestern United States since about 1870. The Native American Indians as well as many others in the Southwestern regions of the United States have made an industry out of Turquoise Jewelry and it is respected worldwide for its uniqueness and handmade qualities. Native American Turquoise Jewelry is generally made with American Turquoise from Arizona and Nevada and set in Sterling Silver. There are many forms and types of Native American Turquoise Jewelry which is made by Native Navajo Indians, Zuni Indians, Hopi Indians, Hispanics and Anglos of the American Southwest.
The Native American Indians discovered Turquoise in Arizona and New Mexico as early as 300 B.C. They worshipped the gemstone and believed is was put on earth from the great ones above. It was used early on in ceremonies and by medicine men for healing. As Turquoise became more plentiful Native American Indians began working the Turquoise, making it into Turquoise Beads and ornamental items that they could wear. In 1865 a Navajo Blacksmith by the name of Atsidi Sani learned how to work with Silver, soon after his Silver Jewelry became popular with the native peoples. In approximately 1870 Atsidi Sani figured out how to incorporate Turquoise into his Silver and thus became Native American Turquoise Jewelry. It was in the years shortly after this when the American West began to develop, tourism began, the Railroad made way through the Southwest and Settlers were coming west by the droves. Native American Turquoise Jewelry became very popular by everyone who visited or moved to the west! Turquoise has played a very important roll in the Southwestern regions of America for 2000 years!
Durango Silver Company began nearly 40 years ago dealing in Turquoise and Native American Turquoise Jewelry. We built our Trading Post just west of Durango, Colorado USA in 1976 and have run a brisk business here dealing in Native American Turquoise Jewelry along with other items related to the Great American Western Frontier. Today, our family has grown and we are still in the Silver Jewelry and Native American Turquoise Jewelry business. Times have changed dramatically since we began, we have remained steadfast on maintaining our integrity of handling the finest Native American Turquoise Jewelry and our reputation for dealing in authentic high quality Turquoise Jewelry is as good as it gets!
Below are some examples of the Turquoise Jewelry that we produce and handle.
Above are two examples of quality Native American Turquoise Jewelry that Durango Silver Company is known for having. We specialize in the highest quality Turquoise and have for over 40 years. We have been active collectors and miners of Turquoise, we are professional stonecutters and are known for having some of the finest Turquoise Jewelry in the world due to our expertise in Turquoise. The Native American Turquoise Bracelet above and to the left is a great example of quality Native American Turquoise Jewelry, it is a Navajo Cluster Row Bracelet made with beautiful Sleeping Beauty Turquoise from Arizona. This 60 stone Sleeping Beauty Turquoise cuff bracelet by Navajo artist Patrick Yazzie.
To the right is a unusual Turquoise inlaid Mens Bracelet handmade by Zuni Artisan Zuni Larry Loretto. This is an outstanding piece of Native American Turquoise Jewelry that is a true piece of Jewelry Art, it is a high quality piece of Silver Jewelry that is collectible today and will become a valuable piece of wearable art in the future. Larry Loretto is a talented Zuni Artisan that produces one piece of fine art after another, all unique and individual works of art. We recommend Larry's work and try to always have a good stock available.
You may also enjoy viewing our informational page on Silver Bracelets as well as Turquoise Bracelets, there is a lot of great information as well as photos with descriptions that will help you when considering Native American Turquoise Bracelets.
Durango Silver Company has been producing quality Silver Jewelry for nearly 40 years now, we have on-site Jewelers and our entire family is evolved in making Jewelry in one format or another. We also distribute our fine Turquoise gemstones to well known Native American Indian Jewelers to have Native American Turquoise Jewelry made for our company and then market it to our customers via our online store as well as our historic Trading Post in Durango Colorado USA.
The Zuni Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace above and to the left is a classic example of Zuni Native American Turquoise Jewelry. There are over 240 blue Turquoise stones in this outstanding piece of historical American art. This was a labour intensive piece of Turquoise Jewelry to make and most definitely a treasure to the person who owned it.
To the right is a Navajo handmade Turquoise Tab Necklace often called a Cleopatra Necklace. This Contemporary Cleopatra style 25 stone blue Fox Turquoise necklace and earrings set by Native American artist Verdy Jake. If you love blue and want to look fashion forward, this is a great blue Turquoise necklace and earring set style you would enjoy. This blue Fox Turquoise necklace features 21 freeform shaped blue Fox Turquoise cabochons. The dangle Fox Turquoise earrings feature four freeform shaped Turquoise cabochons. A great example of Native American Turquoise Jewelry.
Also, check out our informational page on Silver Necklaces where you will find some great, informative information to educate yourself on the different things to look for when considering Native American Turquoise Necklaces.
Turquoise Earrings have always played an important roll in Native American Turquoise Jewelry as many women love to wear Turquoise on their ears. Native Americans themselves love to wear Turquoise Earrings and more Turquoise Earrings have been made than any other type of Native American Turquoise Jewelry. The pair of Earrings above and to the left were Zuni Native American Indian handmade by inlaying Turquoise, Opal and Black Jade together in an exquisite design. Durango Silver Company always has a good stock of Zuni Turquoise Inlaid Earrings for you to choose from.
To the right are a pair of Navajo handcrafted Silver Earrings with rare lime green Carico Lake Turquoise. This is a beautiful and most colorful pair of Native American Turquoise Earrings that very few women own as Carico Lake Turquoise is rare, the mine is out of production and the lime colored Turquoise was hard to come by when the mine was running. Authentic Carico Lake Native American Turquoise Jewelry is hard to find and expensive when you do, we try to have as much high quality Carico Lake Turquoise Jewelry as possible available for purchase in our Silver Gallery.
Take a look at our presentation on Silver Earrings as well as Turquoise Earrings, you will find some great information that will be useful to you when considering your purchase of Native American Turquoise Earrings.
Turquoise Rings are a great first piece of Native American Turquoise Jewelry for everyone. There are a great variety of quality Native American Turquoise Rings to choose from in our Silver Gallery. The Carico Lake Turquoise Ring above and to the left is a good example of the type of quality of Native American Silver Rings you can expect from Durango Silver Company. This particular Turquoise Ring was Native American Indian handmade with an exceptional piece of lime green Carico Lake Turquoise, which is very scarce and desirable by Turquoise Connoisseur's.
Inlay Turquoise Jewelry - The Native American Turquoise Inlay Ring to the right way made by Navajo Artisan, Edison Yazzie. Edison is a master Jeweler that loves his work and it really shows! This is his Navajo Rug design, there are 23 individual hand cut gemstones in this Inlay Ring, can you see them? It is amazing that so much work can go into this piece of Native American Turquoise Jewelry and be so inexpensive. Seriously, the high quality Native American Indian Jewelry that we offer in our Silver Gallery is without a doubt, a major investment in Silver Jewelry, your American heritage and as valuable heirlooms to hand down to your descendants. We do need to leave tracks behind us when we leave this earth and Native American Turquoise Jewelry that you owned and wore is a wonderful thing! Handmade in the USA!
We invite you to also take a look at our presentations on Silver Rings as well as Turquoise Rings, there is a lot of good information on these page for you to further educate yourself on Native American Turquoise Rings.
Vintage Native American Turquoise Jewelry as well as Antique Native American Indian Jewelry are highly collectible today. Take a good look at these two pieces and then take a good look at the Native American handmade Indian Silver Jewelry we offer today in our Silver Gallery. Native American Turquoise Jewelry has come a long way and you can still buy authentic one of a kind pieces of spectacular Native American Art from our company. We have been in business for over 40 years selling collectible items from the American West, you would not believe what a great investment we have made for our customers - Our customers have enjoyed the collectible items that have purchased from our company and enjoyed up to 1000% increase in value and even more in many cases. We believe the Native American Turquoise Jewelry that we sell is superior due to its authenticity in craftsmanship and the fact that we use all authentic and natural Turquoise as well as other gemstones! This is rare today!
Above are two Antique Navajo Indian Turquoise Pins from the olden days. They were sold for less than $10.00 a piece in their day, today they are worth over $200.00 a piece. You can find Vintage Turquoise Jewelry as well as Antique American Indian Jewelry for sell in the Durango Silver Gallery. We invite you to research the value of investing in the Native American Turquoise Jewelry that we believe are important pieces of American Art that will become National American Heirloom Treasures in the very near future.
We hope you have enjoyed our presentation on Native American Turquoise Jewelry and have gained some useful knowledge from it. We invite you to learn more about Turquoise and Turquoise Jewelry by following the links in our Learning Center to other informational pages that we have written on different topics related to Turquoise Jewelry. In addition, we would like to invite you to join our E-Mail Newsletter - about once every other month we send out a Newsletter to inform our members of what's happening with Durango Silver Company, new products, specials for our members and more. We also have a monthly drawing from our member base to give away free Turquoise Jewelry from our company. Please take a moment to become one of our friends by signing in below.
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