While turquoise was once used as currency in the American Southwest, it has been treasured as an adornment throughout the centuries worldwide. The evolution of turquoise jewelry from its appeal as southwestern, Native American or tourist jewelry, to one of the most coveted gems set in designer jewelry worldwide. Coveted, that is, only if you are talking about true, genuine turquoise.And so our turquoise love story continues. While the demand for turquoise has increased dramatically, the supply of genuine turquoise is limited. Turquoise jewelry has been worn for both fashion and cultural significance throughout history. Many American Indian tribes believe the stone harbors mystical powers. According to some beliefs, turquoise can keep bad spirits away and some believe it can ward off bad spirits, encourage communication, creativity and spiritual bonding.
From it's humble beginnings Sleeping Beauty Turquoise from Arizona has become one of the most important Turquoise mines in the world. Sleeping Beauty Turquoise was first found by the Native Americans during the Anasazi times. At this time the Turquoise was mined with hand tools and little bits were collected at a time.
The baby blue or "Robin's Egg" blue Turquoise was mainly used as beads and on shells that the Native American tribes of the Southwest had traded for with the Native American tribes of central and south America. Sleeping Beauty Turquoise also made its way to Pueblo Bonito during the Anasazi times along with Turquoise from other deposits in the Southwest. Pueblo Bonito served as a trade center for Anasazi Turquoise for North American Tribes, Central American Tribes and South American tribes. Since this time, the Sleeping Beauty mine was developed by Anglo peoples in search of Copper and other meetal ore.The Turquoise was under contract by Monty Nichols. Nichols is said to have "Torn down a mountain" to find the famous Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, which is a figure of speech, not an actuality to show how much work the miner has done to get the stone that has become an icon in the gem industry. The item "VINTAGE STERLING SILVER NATIVE AMERICAN TURQUOISE RING & BELT BUCKLE SOUTHWESTER" is in sale since Monday, July 8, 2019.
This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Other Native American Jewelry". The seller is "4744366" and is located in Andover, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped worldwide.