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Turquoise/Native American jewelry

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by Feraud, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. I am a big fan of this stuff.
    Here is the prize of my collection. Believe it or not, a friend gave this to me 15+ years ago.

    Belt buckle. Sterling Silver base with turquoise stone and bear claws.

    Does anyone else collect the stuff?
  2. I don't collect it but have seen many cool pieces out this way.

    I would eventualy like to get a silver and turquoise bolo tie piece.
  3. mister7

    mister7 Familiar Face

    Having grown up in thde Southwest I've always liked the stuff. Sorry for the poor quality of the photo. The small bolo was given to my father in the 50's for being a New Mexico Newsman, hence the initials it bears.

  4. Can't say that I collect it, but I do like it. The dewy-eyed bride and I picked up matching turquoise-and-silver rings during our travels last summer. Don't recall what we paid, exactly, but it wasn't much.
  5. Bassman

    Bassman A-List Customer

    I love Native American jewelry too, particularly the silver and turquoise stuff.
    I have a couple of silver and turquoise bracelets, one of which I regularly wear (looking to sell the other) and 2 beautiful Zuni bolos (one from a trading post in Santa Fe and one from e-bay). I'll try to post a picture soon.
  6. thunderw21

    thunderw21 My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Nice collections, all.

    When we lived down in NM for several summers, we picked up some turquoise jewelry. Unfortunately, some pieces were made of fake turquoise. Plastic or something like that. One way to test is to heat up a pin and poke the turquoise: if the pin sinks in it's fake, if it doesn't it's real.

    My mom also found two turquoise beads at a newly discovered (by us) anasazi ruin site where we were living. It was on our private land.
  7. Kassia

    Kassia One of the Regulars

    I have some turquoise pieces too but i think they come from India and the Middle East.. I find that the Asian stones and the NA stones are very very different colours and personally i prefer the bluer stones of the East...

    The belt bucket is very nice but i have to ask, are they real bear claws?

    Next time i am in Mexico i am going to have a look for some peices... There must be some nice ones there too!!
  8. Kassia

    Kassia One of the Regulars

    Also watch for real stones that have neen dyed....
  9. Bought this one for my wife in Sedona, Arizona many many moons ago.



    Unfortunately she is not so much into native american history as I am. So she has never worn it:eusa_doh:
  10. Bassman

    Bassman A-List Customer

    Spitfire...that's a shame she won't wear such a beautiful piece, but those Squash Blossom necklaces are a rather bold statement.
  11. That is a beautiful necklace Spitfire.
  12. Havana

    Havana One of the Regulars

    Those are some really fantastic pieces. It's funny. I can't get my wife interested in this style of jewelry either. I think it's incredibly beautiful.
  13. Miss_Bella_Hell

    Miss_Bella_Hell My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Ooh I have a great bracelet from my grandmother. I'll post it later!

    I love the squash necklaces as an art piece, but WEARING it might be tough!
  14. Bassman

    Bassman A-List Customer

    These are the few items I have.
    The bracelet in the center is the one I wear daily.
    The upper left bracelet is for sale;)
    The lower left bolo is from Santa Fe, NM. It had a matching belt buckle which I could not afford and the seller broke up the set to sell me the bolo.
    The other bolo, carved bracelet and my daily wearer were all from e-bay.
  15. I have a sterling silver bracelet with Pacific Northwest totemic characters carved into it.
    Will try to post a pic..
  16. Tomasso

    Tomasso Incurably Addicted

    One of my ex's loved the stuff so we visited David Saity on a regular basis. I had a few belt buckles but I ended up gifting them to friends.
  17. Bassman

    Bassman A-List Customer

    The bracelet I have for sale was purchased at David Saity.
  18. Sertsa

    Sertsa One of the Regulars

    Interesting thread.
    I recently bought a pin/pendant of a thunderbird made by a Zuni artist, which had impressive inlay work in turquoise and other materials.

    I tried to find a photo of it, but the image was replaced with something else after I bought it. (I ordered it from a store in the Zuni pueblo), and the others on the site aren't the same.

    I looked again, this is fairly close, except it's on a necklace, is from a different artist, and seems to use fewer materials:


    (The image may change if that item is bought, though, so if it's something else than an inlaid thunderbird necklace, that's probably what happened).

    Anyway, it's a gift for someone. I hope she'll like it.
  19. 30s-40s Navaho hatband by Ambrose Roanhorse





    Ambrose Roanhorse's hallmark.


  20. Very interesting pieces. Over the years I have seen many pieces of this jewelry. Years back they were very reasonably priced, however I never purchased any, ( wish I had). One thing I noticed about the silver was it was either marked .925 Mexico or .925 Siam Silver.
    I have never seen any pieces made with Sterling Silver or.999
    Anyway great pieces, thanks everyone for sharing.
    Best regards

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