Monday, May 9, 2011

NATIVE AMERICAN JEWELRY



So I have a new jewelry obsession, Indian Jewelry!  It's hard for me to focus on anything but turquoise these days.  It can be worn formally like Cameronn and Eva above but I'm more interested in dripping in it on a more casual way like this 70's goddess and the maker herself below.




American Indian jewelry has been around a long time.  The first beads were found over 2000 years ago in the east.  So I would say they know a thing or two about bling.  Most of the Indian jewelry that we see today is from the southwestern tribes.  Each tribe has there own unique styles and traditions, but some common themes you see is the use of turquoise, which is a native stone to the area.  

It is believed that turquoise tends to bring good fortune, strength and helps overcome illness.
Native Americans have prized turquoise since the time of the Aztecs, who mined it in New Mexico.
Take a look at these examples and you can see why Native American Jewelry is my new obsession.

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