Turquoise is timeless yet trendy, worn by the famous and not so famous through the ages. Throughout history, stones of all types had significance for the Native Americans. Turquoise was especially revered for its blue green hues, which often represented sky and water. Native Americans believed turquoise had powers of luck, healing and success. It is no wonder a robust trade developed with turquoise as the prize commodity. With the settlement of the American West, and the subsequent exposure of the skills of Native American jewelry artists, demand for turquoise jewelry grew. Fashion designers and models alike have embraced the use of turquoise, helping secure its place as a colorful statement of our American past. The popularity of turquoise has had its ups and downs based on the whims of the fashion industry. Now, after a period of decline, turquoise is making a significant comeback and once more held in high regard. The age old question becomes, how does one know if one is buying a piece of high quality turquoise jewelry or an inexpensive imitation?

Along with the popularity of turquoise came a desire to learn how to identify high quality stones and avoid purchasing inferior or imitation stones. Identification based on mines such as Kingman, Blue Gem, Morenci, Spider Web # 8 and others became the norm. This can cause confusion because in an individual mine, there can be a range of colors and presence of matrix in the stones. Also, with the influx of stones from foreign countries and the development of processes to stabilize and otherwise treat turquoise, it is easy to become confused and unable to identify quality pieces. So there is no substitute for doing one s research and buying from a reputable dealer. For example, there is a large and varied selection of turquoise jewelry online at www.nativeindianmarket.com. Housed is one of the outstanding art galleries in Denver, CO, the Mudhead Gallery, this collection is now available for all to see and purchase online. Doing business for nearly three decades, the gallery owners guarantee the quality and authenticity of their pieces.

Another virtue of turquoise is its absolute ability to look spectacular in either a traditional or contemporary setting. Also, the wide range of colors found among the stones from mines in the American Southwest provide hues which appeal to a wide variety of personal tastes. From ice blue to avocado green, there is a shade for everyone! Both these virtues can easily be seen at www.nativeindianmarket.com when viewing turquoise earrings or turquoise pendants. In this age of economic uncertainty, many collectors have decided that owning high quality Native American Indian turquoise jewelry makes a sound yet beautiful investment.

About the Author: Submitted by Lynn, teacher of history and sales consultant at The Mudhead Gallery, renowned and respected as the premier gallery offering fine Native American art and jewelry in the Denver area. Jewelry now available at www.nativeindianmarket.com