Turquoise is one of the most treasured materials among the Southwestern Native American tribes. It’s a symbol of wealth and prosperity, and legends say that it has healing and protective powers. Today, turquoise pendants, rings, bracelets, earrings, and other jewelry continue to remain fashionable, even as other trends come and go.
The Significance of Turquoise
Southwestern tribes such as the Hopi, Navajo, Zuni, and Santo Domingo all have their own unique beliefs surrounding turquoise. One legend says that turquoise was formed when tears of joy from the local Native Americans were absorbed by the Earth after much-needed rains finally fell. Other legends believe that turquoise jewelry warded off evil spirits, prompting many among the tribe to wear turquoise pendants and other turquoise jewelry.
Even good health and fortune was attributed to turquoise, and it was used as a form of currency and collateral when trading with the settlers.
Our Local Artists
At Southwest Silver Gallery, we source our jewelry from artists from local Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, and Santo Domingo artists who design and create each piece through the methods and traditions passed down by their tribe over the years. Most of our turquoise pendants include the artist’s hallmark and a certificate of authenticity.
If you have any questions about a specific piece, please don’t hesitate to call 1-888-476-4367 or send us a message so we can provide you with further information.