Kingman Turquoise Navajo Native American Indian Pendant Necklace
1 1/4" x 1/2" Pendant
Materials: Sterling Silver, Kingman Turquoise
Natural Kingman Turquoise set in Sterling Silver. Handmade by Navajo artisans. 18” chain included Turquoise has both spiritual and economic value for southwestern people. It is one of the sacred stones in Navajo beliefs. The color of sky and water, turquoise is a central element in traditional Navajo prayer offerings. In social and ceremonial activities, turquoise is often given as expressions of kinship and friendship. Navajo jeweler, Wes Willie says, “If you wear turquoise, the Holy People can always find you.” The earliest known use of turquoise in the Southwest dates to about AD300. Native American Turquoise Jewelry Tips 1. Don’t be fooled by asking, “Is it turquoise?” If the stone COLOR is turquoise, a dishonest dealer can say yes, knowing full well that what you wonder is, “Is it a real turquoise stone?” 2. A common question is, “which is better, blue or green?” The fact is that turquoise comes in many colors and variety. The quality of the stone does not depend on color, it depends on the dense, deep color, a complex matrix, rarity and the origin - primarily the old mines in the southwest United States are considered most desirable to collectors. - BLUE TURQUOISE - dominance of copper - the color of sky & water - GREEN TURQUOISE - dominance of iron - the color of grass & plants 3. “Will turquoise change color? If the turquoise is natural, most likely over time the oils in your skin and the chemicals in the environment will darken the color or change it from blue to green. This is a sign that it is a natural stone, and the Native artists will call this your “spirit stone”. - Stabilized turquoise is real turquoise that has been imbued with a resin to keep the stone from changing color or crumbling. It is common in today’s Indian jewelry.