|Turquoise Jewelry of the American Southwest.|
One of the most sought after gems in American Indian jewelry is turquoise. The American Indians have been crafting turquoise jewelry by hand since the 15th century. In the early 1800's, the Spanish conquistadors taught the American Indians how to use sterling silver to create some of the most unique and beautiful turquoise jewelry. Turquoise comes in shades ranging from very pale green to a deep, dark blue. The turquoise color is often determined by the amount of copper or iron in the stone. Change in color can also be accomplished by human interaction, which includes stabalized turquoise, the process of turquoise stabalization includes adding small amount of apoxy to stones for durability, to keep stones from breaking and chipping.
Turquoise jewelry is not only popular in the American Southwest, where much of it originates, but in countries around the world. Turquoise when combined with sterling silver makes a striking combination, with the squash blossom design one of the most dramatic and the leaf design jewelry one of the most popular, Turquoise is often paired with coral for a beautifully unique effect. Turquoise has long been a stone associated with good luck and has been used in healing ceremonies in the Native American tradition as well as in other cultures.
Bearlanders Turquoise Jewelry.
Bearlanders Trading Co. offers a wide variety of turquoise jewelry made in America, most of our jewelry is handcrafted by Navajo and Zuni artisans in New Mexico and Arizona. We offer a large selection of matching turquoise pieces including pendants, bracelets and earrings, as well as single pieces. Turquoise is one of the most frequently requested stones, being that it often comes to mind when people think of American Indian jewelry. Our website details the spiritual meanings of gemstones used in our handiwork as well as photographs of our complete line of bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and more. Simply click on any link or photo for more details of each item. A few of our turquoise necklaces, while made in America, by fellow Americans, were not crafted by Navajo, we have noted any such exceptions on our website. For a look at our extensive collection of turquoise merchandise <- click this link.