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Turquoise, an opaque mineral, ranges in colors - from sky blue to yellow green along with some other shades in between. The mineral is typically found in arid climates, including Iran (Persia), northwest China, the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt and the American Southwest. The word itself is derived from an old French word for “Turkish (Stone)” traders who first brought the Persian turquoise to Europe. Turquoise can be found in the tombs of Aztec kings and Egyptian pharaohs, such as Tutankhamun, whose golden funeral mask is inlaid with turquoise....
There are some 20 mines throughout the American Southwest that supply gem-quality turquoise. The majority of them are in Nevada with others in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.
Turquoise is central to Navajo religious observances. According to a popular belief, a piece of turquoise must be cast into a river, along with a prayer order to bring the rain. The colors of turquoise - green, blue, black and white represent happiness, luck and health. It was especially attractive to the Native Americans since it contains blue, green, black, white, and occasional brown shades: colors that represent the natural world. If given as a gift to someone, it is seen as an expression of friendship. Women’s turquoise rings and men’s turquoise rings are wonderful gifts.
The Navajo silversmiths would create many objects from canteens and buckles for daily use and disks, called “conchas” or “conchos” - used to decorate belts. Often these products were made using melted coins, and they had to rely on primitive tools made from metal scraps until they were able to trade for commercial supplies. Eventually they also created turquoise jewelry, such as sterling silver turquoise rings and men’s Navajo turquoise rings.
Changes in color of women’s turquoise rings and other turquoise jewelry were also used to measure the health and well-being of the wearer, and to restore vitality when needed. Native American jewelry, including sterling silver turquoise rings, has had many functions throughout history. It is a representation of culture, a trading commodity, a symbol of status and pride, and eventually for fashion. Turquoise is considered simply a bringer of good fortune. The Navajo people would store it in baskets or hang it from the ceilings to ward off evil in the home, and they would surround the exteriors of homes or graves with it for the same reason. Warriors would carry it to battle for strength and protection. Hunters would bring it on excursions to promote luck and safety. And eventually adorning the body with this sacred stone was a convenient and attractive way to harness the stone’s power.
Our inventory includes a wide selection of Navajo jewelry, as well as jewelry sourced from Southwestern Hopi, and Zuni tribes. Authentic Navajo turquoise jewelry is a wonderful investment because it will always be in style, and it tends to appreciate in value over time. You can view a huge collection of these beautiful Native American rings at silvercity925.com ...