Jewelry has been made and worn in the Southwest since prehistoric times. For hundreds of years Native Southwestern people have made mosaic inlay and beads of turquoise, shell, bone or stone. Shells like abalone and spiny oyster shell came to the region from the coast and were an important element in Anasazi jewelry. Native Americans of the Southwest were introduced to metal by the Spanish. For years they acquired metal ornaments through trade, and it was not until the middle of the 19th century that Navajo and Zuni artisans learned metalwork from Mexican blacksmiths and silversmiths.
Native American jewelry
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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 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. 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.
Genuine Native American Turquoise Jewelry
The collection of Native American turquoise rings at Palms Trading Company is sure to have something beautiful and different from anything else inside your jewelry box. All of the Native American Indian turquoise rings on our Website are handmade by Navajo and Zuni jewelry artists, so each is a one-of-a-kind work of art. Within our collection is a demonstration of various silver smithing skills, including hand stamping and overlay, as well as a display of the natural color variations of turquoise stones. The Native American turquoise rings at Palms Trading Company only come in one size—whatever size the artist wanted it. A jeweler can resize your ring, however, because stones in turquoise rings are not secured with adhesive, resizing your ring may cause stones to become loose.