Category Archives: Turquoise Facts & History

A note about Sleeping Beauty turquoise

You may have heard that the Sleeping Beauty Mine in Globe, Arizona, closed. Although we had been told by reputable sources, we nevertheless decided to do some extra checking to be 100% certain. Sadly, it is certain — in August … Continue reading

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Polychrome Pottery by Noted Native American Artists

Polychrome pottery is described as a vessel decorated with three or more colors. Acoma artists have for decades been masters of combining colorful designs and patterns. Presently, we have dozens of examples for you to choose from. Come in to … Continue reading

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Jewelry & New Collections

We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and your new year will be happy! All of us at Americana Indian Shows would like to thank you for your support of American Indian arts and artists. We look forward to … Continue reading

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Kachinas & Wooden Sculptures at the Zuni Shalako Festival

Near the 1st of December, the Zuni conduct a series of dances to celebrate a successful year’s harvest and to bless the latest village constructions. The festivities include a large feast as well as the performance of the Shalako Katsina. It … Continue reading

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Turquoise in Indian Jewelry

An article by Lee Anderson Turquoise has been native to jewelry in the Southwest for over 2000 years. Then, as now, the stone was deeply appreciated and revered. No doubt, the prehistoric Indians and the ancestors of our current Native … Continue reading

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How the Quality of Turquoise Affects Its Use in Jewelry

An article by Lee Anderson What is the best turquoise for jewelry? The answer is, “it depends on the type of jewelry you desire.” Gem Grade and Rare If the piece is to be one-of-a-kind, competition, top-investment-quality, the turquoise should … Continue reading

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The History of Turquoise

An article by Lee Anderson Although turquoise has captivated man’s imagination for centuries, nobody knows when it came to our attention. Archeological and literary references to the stone predate the Christian era by five millennia. The four bracelets of Queen … Continue reading

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The Origin and Occurrence of Turquoise

An article by Lee Anderson Turquoise consists of the chemical elements copper (Cu), aluminum (Al), phosphorus (PO4), and water (H2O). It is described as a “hydrous basic aluminum phosphate of copper” or a “hydrous aluminum phosphate colored by copper salts.” … Continue reading

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The Physical Properties of Turquoise

An article by Lee Anderson  Hardness Turquoise is opaque and has a Mohs scale hardness that varies remarkably. The soft, deeply mined chalks may only slightly exceed 2 on the Mohs scale, whereas a hard, gem specimen may exceed 6. … Continue reading

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Natural, Stabilized, Treated, Fake, and Synthetic Turquoise

An article by Lee Anderson This article discusses various types of turquoise as they relate to the jewelry industry. Natural This turquoise comes directly from the mine. It is cut, shaped, polished, and set into jewelry. Perhaps it had only … Continue reading

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