Turquoise in America was originally found by Native American Indians of the Southwestern United States.
The Turquoise mines first set up in America were hand mined with primitive tools. Turquoise was originally found in New Mexico and Colorado. The earliest Turquoise Mine being in what is now known as Cerrillos, NM. Turquoise Beads have been found at the Chaco Canyon Site dating back over prior to 900 A.D. (Durangosilver.com)
We have always thought Turquoise was one of the most beautiful stones we have ever seen, color variation and markings make each stone unique.
We recently stumbled upon a Instagram page called @Turquoiseoverdiamonds and instantly fell in love. Turquoise Over Diamonds is a feed of beautiful photos of turquoise jewelry and can not only inspire you but introduce you to amazing jewelry designers and retailers.
One of our favorite designers we found while falling down this "Turquoise Instagram Rabbit Hole" is Paloma Stipp. @paloma_stipp based in Sydney Australia... Because of course thats where pretty much everything dreamy happens. Paloma hand makes every piece in her workshop and if you follow along on Instagram you can often see pictures of her bandaged finger tips to prove it! Plus a portion of every sale goes to WaterAid.
For a few years now we have been searching for the perfect vintage squash blossom necklace... Something beautiful that doesn't cost an arm and a leg... But, most vintage Native American jewelry is super expensive, because it's super well made and beautiful.
Buying vintage turquoise can be a daunting task... How do you know what you're getting and if you are over paying? Here is a short video with some tips. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ND2nr3OHJmA
We also like to go through a shop we trust when buying vintage Turquoise. We love to browse the intro jewelry section at Prisim Boutique.
There are also a lot of cool companies that are remaking and reworking vintage looking jewelry at a more realistic price. Some of these trades people's families like Greg Thorne have been doing this for generations. While still an investment, they are not as pricey as the actual 1940's & 1950's pieces. Plus, you can wear them forever.
Turquoise is such a dreamy stone and if you are interested in the meaning of gem stones.. Here is what we found.
The turquoise is the symbol of friendship. It also brings peace to the home. This stone is a very personal and meaningful stone to one who wears it. Turquoise takes on the characteristics of the owner. Turquoise carries great wisdom of basic truth within it.
ounds good to us.