glowing stone is the favorite of people who purchase Navajo and
Zuni jewelry. It is also among the most important stones for Native
Americans of the Southwest.
in color from a deep blue to green-blue to a striking sky blue,
the semi-precious stone's color determines its value. Formed by
waters percolating through rocky deposits, turquoise is frequently
discovered near copper mines and is usually mined in desert and
stones may shine with uniform color or with matrix lines that
add contrast and enhance their beauty. "Spiderweb" patterns
are especially coveted.
December birth stone, turquoise is said to be the stone of love
that will produce happy thoughts for all who wear it. Native American
belief associates turquoise -- a gift from the gods -- with horses,
discovering desert water and attracting wild game.
has been used throughout the world as ornament and trade items
for thousands of years. Turquoise jewelry dating back 25,000 years
has been found in the layered cliffs of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.
Today, Native Americans and non-natives continue to trade this